Greater Sage Grouse Special Initiative
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NRCS is offering the Sage Grouse Initiative to help private landowners improve and enhance sage-grouse habitat and the sustainability of working ranches and farms in the western United States. USDA will use up to $16 million dollars through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) in 11 states to provide financial assistance to producers to reduce threats to the birds such as disease and invasive species and improve sage-grouse habitat.
Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) Web site
Greater Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Strategy - Includes Greater Sage-Grouse Core Areas Map
Montana has developed a long-term sage-grouse habitat protection strategy that identifies “core” areas for sage-grouse populations in Montana. Sage-grouse are found in parts of 38 Montana counties but their populations tend to clump into smaller core areas which contain a majority of the birds. Higher priority will be given to Sage-Grouse Initiative applicants who have an NRCS approved grazing plan that addresses all threats to sage grouse and whose property is located in a core area.
Montana's SGI strategy addresses concerns/requirements in the following three documents. These documents require Adobe Reader. If you encounter any problems with the files provided on this page, please contact Technical Resources at 406-587-6822.
Greater Sage Grouse Field Indicator Guide
Greater Sage Grouse and Good Grazing Management
The Greater Sage-Grouse and Grazing Management Web page offers additional information including the following:
Common Questions About Sage-Grouse
Sage-Grouse Publications, Guides, and Articles
Sage-Grouse Web Sites
Technical and Financial Assistance for Responsible Rangeland Management in Sage-Grouse Range
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Pete Husby, Biologist
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