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Conservation Efforts for Sage Grouse Have Underground Roots

Posted by Jason Weller, Chief on April 22, 2016 at 01:20 PM
Healthy working rangelands are home to many species, including mountain big sagebrush, Idaho fescue and Indian paintbrush. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Roberts.

Healthy working rangelands are home to many species, including mountain big sagebrush, Idaho fescue and Indian paintbrush. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Roberts.

We woke up at 3 a.m. this morning and made our way to a blind in the middle of the vast sagebrush sea of central Montana. Hidden near a lek site, we waited for sunrise to get a glimpse of greater sage-grouse during their springtime courtship.

We were excited to see these rare but rebounding birds and the healthy sagebrush landscape around them. Here we saw firsthand how agriculture and wildlife can co-exist and thrive. Western ranchers have played a pivotal role in restoring and protecting these working rangelands, and they’ve voluntarily conserved 5 million acres of sage grouse habitat since 2010.

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