Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative

Working together to create a healthy and balanced future for the West’s largest ecosystem

Greater Sage-Grouse lekking on BLM land managed by Pathfinder Ranches in Natrona County, Wyoming. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies

More than 350 species depend on the sagebrush ecosystem, as well as people. Reaching 14 states, sagebrush country is vital bird habitat, but only half of it is left and new demands continue to be placed on it. Audubon Rockies’s Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative brings together citizens, industry, government, and NGOs to find pragmatic solutions that balance the needs of people and birds. Join us in conserving this American treasure.

About The Sagebrush
Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative

About The Sagebrush

Values, threats, and conservation of America's largest ecosystem

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Help the Sagebrush Ecosystem

Join us in conserving this incredible ecosystem

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News and Stories

A Win for Colorado’s Sage-Grouse
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A Win for Colorado’s Sage-Grouse

The Bureau of Land Management removes 4,000 acres of sage-grouse habitat from its oil and gas lease sale.

Judge Blocks Trump Administration Plans that Lifted Sage-Grouse Protections
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Judge Blocks Trump Administration Plans that Lifted Sage-Grouse Protections

The injunction supports conservationists' claims that the industry-friendly plans are illegal, and puts stronger protections back in place for now.

Federal Court Halts Administration Plans to Rollback Sage-Grouse Protections
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Federal Court Halts Administration Plans to Rollback Sage-Grouse Protections

Ruling makes clear that the Administration ignored science and cut out the public

Sage-Grouse Experts Sound the Alarm Over Plunging Population
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Sage-Grouse Experts Sound the Alarm Over Plunging Population

New data show the imperiled bird’s numbers in a nosedive as the federal government continues to ease protections and sell off habitat.

Wyoming Just Protected Sage-Grouse. We need Colorado to keep doing the same.
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Wyoming Just Protected Sage-Grouse. We need Colorado to keep doing the same.

Governor Gordon’s executive order sets an example that other states should follow.

Wyoming Takes the Lead in Sage-Grouse Conservation
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Wyoming Takes the Lead in Sage-Grouse Conservation

Governor Mark Gordon’s revised Executive Order maintains a balanced approach to sage-grouse and energy development, conserving critical habitat for the imperiled species.

New Report Finds Increased Oil and Gas Leasing and Drilling in Priority Sage-Grouse Habitat
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New Report Finds Increased Oil and Gas Leasing and Drilling in Priority Sage-Grouse Habitat

Despite a formal directive to keep leasing, drilling outside sage-grouse habitat, federal agencies have pushed to develop in priority habitat.

“A Grave Setback:” US Forest Service Releases Weak Versions of Sagebrush Conservation Plans
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“A Grave Setback:” US Forest Service Releases Weak Versions of Sagebrush Conservation Plans

Forest Service lands that include important habitat for Greater Sage-Grouse and 350 other species of wildlife now at increased risk of further development.

With Habitat Protections Officially Lifted, What’s Next for the Greater Sage-Grouse?
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With Habitat Protections Officially Lifted, What’s Next for the Greater Sage-Grouse?

More lawsuits are coming, and a long-threatened listing under the Endangered Species Act is once again a real possibility.

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