Working Ranches Keep Habitat Intact for Greater Sage-Grouse

A win for everyone. This is a good illustration of two major points I have tried to make over the years. 1.). SCI Foundation does more than support lion research in the wilds of Africa, and 2.) This goes to the Marta of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever that it is all about habitat!

First For Wildlife

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Arid prairie lands in the western United States are filled with sagebrush wildlife, but changes to this wide-open landscape have led to losses in migratory songbirds and greater sage-grouse populations. Livestock grazing is the dominant land use shaping this steppe ecosystem.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) recognizes that the interaction of wildlife and livestock in sagebrush steppe is an important relationship. New conservation grazing programs, supported by the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI), aim to benefit both the wild species and domestic livestock of the region. However, more research is needed to assess how well the initiative’s recommended grazing practices help the habitats of migratory songbirds and greater sage-grouse.

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Safari Club International Foundation is one of multiple partners supporting research on SGI’s rest-rotation grazing practices. Rest-rotation is simply the practice of giving a pasture rest from grazing pressure the year after its summer use.

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