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Sage Grouse Initiative

Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI)


The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is taking steps to ensure the enhancement and preservation of sage-grouse habitat and the sustainability of working ranches and farms in the western United States.

The sage-grouse, a ground-dwelling bird native to the sagebrush steppe ecosystem of the American West, has experience a significant decline in population and habitat over several decades.  Greater sage-grouse are found in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

The Sage Grouse Initiative will help land owners respond proactively and implement specific actions to protect the species.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.  Batching periods for 2013 are February 15 for EQIP; March 15 for WHIP.

2013 SGI Information for South Dakota

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Program Contact

Jeff VanderWilt, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, 605-352-1226
Kevin Luebke, Biologist, 605-352-1242
Jennifer Wurtz, Resource Conservationist, 605-352-1225