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.
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.
September 2013 - Out on the Land TV series Season 2 Episode 23 (SWF; 30 minutes) features SGI on the Paint Rock Angus Ranch in Montana. This video requires Flash Player. If you encounter any problems, please contact Webmaster at 406-587-6945.