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Greater Sage Grouse and Good Grazing Management

Sagebrush Grasslands

The wide open sagebrush plains in Montana constitute an important natural resource. Known as the sagebrush steppe, they are important lands for those who make a living from the land as well as for wildlife. The sagebrush steppe provides an important habitat for a diversity of plants and wildlife including big game, game birds, song birds, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians. When managed properly, these lands contribute to ranch forage production, water recharge, water quality, recreation and flourishing ranching communities.

The greater sage-grouse is one species that depends on this habitat throughout its life cycle. The following links provide more information on the relationships among sage-grouse, the sagebrush steppe, and human activities.

Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat Conservation Strategy

Technical and Financial Assistance for Responsible Rangeland Management in Sage-Grouse Range

Technical and financial assistance available from NRCS can help landowners maintain diverse, productive, sustainable rangelands. Through NRCS’s technical assistance and incentive-based programs ranchland operators are helped in the design and implementation of grazing management systems that have positive effects on forage production, water recharge, water quality, and wildlife such as the sage-grouse.

Photo of male sage-grouse. Photo shows grasses and forbs growing with sagebrush

Male sage-grouse during spring courtship display.

Diverse vegetation of the sagebrush steppe includes grasses and forbs.

Related Information

Information on the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Web Site
Information from the Montana Sage-Grouse Management Plan