NRCS developed the
Sage-grouse Initiative to help private landowners voluntarily
conserve sage-grouse populations and habitat on their working lands. In
Idaho, NRCS identified potential threats to sage-grouse and their habitat and
determined specific conservation practices to reduce those threats.
Technical and financial assistance through EQIP and WHIP is available for
implementing the specific practices.
The ultimate goal of the Initiative is to help ensure sustainable use of good
sagebrush habitat by both ranchers and wildlife such as the sage-grouse.
To alleviate threats that are within the control of the rancher, NRCS
Idaho will be working with private landowners to implement these practices:
- Removing fences, installing perch deterrents,
or marking fences to make them more visible -
NRCS Practices -
Obstruction Removal (500),
Wildlife Structure (734),
Biology Tech Note 3.
- Grazing strategies that sustain range conditions and increased
residual cover for nesting - NRCS Practices -
Wildlife Habitat (645),
- Management strategies that treat noxious weeds/invasive species -
NRCS Practice -
Herbaceous Weed Control (315).
- Increasing native plant species diversity, removing encroaching
juniper, reducing wildfire risk - NRCS Practices -
Herbaceous Cover (390),
Restoration and Management of Rare and Declining Habitat (643),
Area Planting (342).
- Installing wildlife escape ramps into existing stock water tanks
- NRCS Practice -
Wildlife Structure (734).
Some of the documents below require
Adobe Acrobat or
Conference Report for the NRCS Sage-grouse Initiative (PDF; 2.8 MB)
Department of Fish and Game Idaho Sage-grouse
Conservation Plan 2006
- Idaho Monitoring Methods and
Protocols for Sage-grouse Initiative (PDF;
- Line Point Intercept -
CPA-016 (XLSX; 33 KB)
- Conservation Practice Job Sheet (PDF; 39
Prescribed Grazing - Habitat Improvement for Sage-grouse - Conservation Practice
Specifications (PDF; 77 KB)
Sage-grouse Threat Checklist (PDF; 26
- Species Habitat
Evaluation for Greater Sage-grouse in Idaho (XLS; 94 KB)
- Sage-grouse Lek Survey Protocols for Idaho
(PDF; 77 KB)
Sage Grouse Initiative -
Wildlife Conservation Through Sustainable Agriculture
Idaho EQIP Sage-grouse Initiative Contacts
Please contact the District Conservationist in the
Center nearest the location of your property.
Idaho EQIP Sage-grouse Initiative Program:
Karen Fullen, State Biologist:
Program Information: Ron Brooks: 208-378-5724,
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