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’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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Sagebrush Resources
Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative

Sagebrush Resources

Learn why the sagebrush needs you and how you can help.

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Help the Sagebrush Ecosystem
Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative

Help the Sagebrush Ecosystem

Join us in conserving this incredible ecosystem

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Birds of the Sagebrush Steppe

   

News and Stories

Cheatgrass Management Handbook
Invasive Grasses In Sagebrush Country

Cheatgrass Management Handbook

Managing an invasive annual grass in the Rocky Mountain region,

Invasive Weeds and Wildland Fire
Invasive Grasses In Sagebrush Country

Invasive Weeds and Wildland Fire

The causes and impacts of invasives and wildfire in the sagebrush ecosystem.

Cheatgrass, Fire, and Sagebrush
Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative

Cheatgrass, Fire, and Sagebrush

How cheatgrass and other invasives are threatening the very existence of the sagebrush steppe ecosystem.

Court Strikes Down Trump Administration’s Sage-grouse Directive, Canceling Hundreds of Oil and Gas Leases
Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative

Court Strikes Down Trump Administration’s Sage-grouse Directive, Canceling Hundreds of Oil and Gas Leases

Administration violated federal law by leasing sensitive sage-grouse habitat for drilling

Conservation Groups Sound Alarm on Administration’s Continued Assault on Western Values
Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative

Conservation Groups Sound Alarm on Administration’s Continued Assault on Western Values

"The administration is rushing through yet another effort to reduce protections for our shared public lands, and it’s the sage-grouse’s turn, again."

Sage Advice From a Sage-Grouse Expert
Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative

Sage Advice From a Sage-Grouse Expert

Retired wildlife biologist Dr. Jack Connelly speaks up on the importance of sage-grouse habitat protections.

Irresponsible Oil and Gas Leasing Monopolizes Public Lands
Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative

Irresponsible Oil and Gas Leasing Monopolizes Public Lands

The real effects of fire-sale mineral leasing on our shared resources.

How to Make and Install Fence Markers for Sage-Grouse
Sagebrush Resources

How to Make and Install Fence Markers for Sage-Grouse

Instructions from the Natural Resources Conservation Service

Meet the Inmates Working to Rebuild the Greater Sage-Grouse's Home
Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative

Meet the Inmates Working to Rebuild the Greater Sage-Grouse's Home

Participants in the Sagebrush in Prisons Project find peace and purpose helping the bird's habitat recover from increasingly devastating wildfires.

Amid Global Pandemic, Federal Government Pushes Ahead on Fossil Fuel Leasing and Bird-Protection Rollbacks
Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative

Amid Global Pandemic, Federal Government Pushes Ahead on Fossil Fuel Leasing and Bird-Protection Rollbacks

As the coronavirus crisis deepens, conservation groups are calling on the Interior Department to give a distressed public more time to comment on controversial policy changes.

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