Washington's 2013 Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI)
Washington's Sage Grouse Initiative
Application ranking cut-off date for the FY 2013 EQIP
Sage Grouse Initiative are 12/21/12 and 2/15/2013.
Additional ranking dates may be offered in FY2013.
It’s good for grouse, grazers and your grazing business!
Ranchers in parts of central and eastern Washington may be eligible to
receive financial assistance to help protect sage grouse habitat and improve
range conditions for their livestock. Through the Natural Resources Conservation
Service’s Sage Grouse Initiative and the Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW)
initiative, ranchers have options available for existing
grazed ranchlands and expired CRP lands. The initiative is limited to sage
grouse habitat areas of central and eastern Washington.
Existing grazed ranchlands have two different grazing options. Both grazing
options have cost-share available for cross-fencing, water developments, and
conducting grazing management for a maximum of three years.
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The purpose of the rest-and-deferment option is to improve cover. This option
has three separate components – grazing management, monitoring, and
rest-and-deferment. Payments are $12.90/acre for up to 3 years. There is a
$25,000 cap per year.
Plant Health Option
The purpose of the second grazing option is to improve plant health. The
plant health option has two components– grazing management and monitoring.
Payments are $2.04/acre for up to 3 years.
By deferring grazing, or not grazing certain areas at all for a year, sage
grouse habitat can be protected during the critical mating and nesting period.
The payments made possible through the Sage Grouse Initiative are designed to
offset the costs associated with deferring grazing on that land.
Other Conservation Options
In addition, other practices to improve sage grouse habitat may be applied
for with funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and
the Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) initiative.
Such practices include: Retrofitting existing fences to increase their
visibility and reduce sage-grouse mortality; installing escape ramps for
wildlife in watering facilities; remove structures used as predator perches;
improve rangeland species diversity via seeding; riparian improvement to
increase brood survival rates.
Sage Grouse Outreach Materials
Sage Grouse Initiative
Sage Grouse Initiative | A non-regulatory success story
More information on other EQIP conservation options.
local USDA-NRCS Service Center Office for more information
regarding the EQIP program and application process.
For more information on the Sage Grouse Initiative contact;
Range & Wildlife Conservationist
2145 Basin St. SW, Suite D
Ephrata, WA 98823
(509) 754-3023 x1120
Working in partnership with Pheasants Forever, NRCS, WA Fish &
Wildlife, IWJV and US Fish & Wildlife Service