The wide open sagebrush plains in North Dakota constitute an important natural resource. Known as the sagebrush steppe, they are important lands for those who make a living from the land as well as for wildlife. The sagebrush steppe provides an important habitat for a diversity of plants and wildlife including big game, game birds, song birds, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians. When managed properly, these lands contribute to ranch forage production, water recharge, water quality, recreation and flourishing ranching communities.
The sage-grouse is one species that depends on this habitat throughout its life cycle. The following links provide more information on the relationships among sage-grouse, the sagebrush steppe, and human activities.