Projects to Help Sage-Grouse

The members of the San Miguel Basin Gunnison Sage-Grouse Working Group want to see grouse thrive. Over the years, we've conducted a number of projects aimed at protecting and improving the sagebrush habitat that's home to these special birds. These projects also benefit other species that rely on sagebrush including mule deer, elk, and Vesper sparrows.

 
 
450 acres of New Beginnings Ranch were protected.

450 acres of New Beginnings Ranch were protected.

Protecting habitat

Our partners have worked together to permanently protect over 12,000 acres of grouse habitat. Most of this was accomplished through conservation easements, which allow families to continue to live on and use the land in ways that are compatible with the needs of sage-grouse. By successfully getting grants and pooling funds, we can do much more together than any one agency or organization could do alone.

In addition, over 16,000 acres have been protected through Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (CCAAs). Landowners with CCAAs Landowners voluntarily commit to conservation actions that will help stabilize or restore the rare species, such as the Gunnison sage-grouse.

 
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Restoring wet meadow habitat and controlling erosion

Sage-grouse chicks eat insects and tender wildflowers they find in wet meadows. Due to erosion, water runs quickly off the land, and doesn't provide the historic habitat that chicks need. To improve this habitat, volunteers built simple rock structures to halt erosion and heal the land. 

Expert, Bill Zeedyk, lead a workshop to train landowners and agency staff in how to place and build the structures. To see the handouts and videos we made, please click on the "Control Erosion" button below.

 

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