Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative

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

Greater Sage-Grouse. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies

Greater Sage-Grouse. 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
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Sagebrush Resources

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

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Cheatgrass, Fire, and Sagebrush
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Cheatgrass, Fire, and Sagebrush

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

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Birds of the Sagebrush Steppe

News and Stories

A Morning on a Greater Sage-Grouse Lek
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A Morning on a Greater Sage-Grouse Lek

Immerse yourself in the magic of Greater Sage-Grouse in this short video of a lek.

Enhancing Protections for the Greater Sage-Grouse: A Pivotal Moment for Conservation
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Enhancing Protections for the Greater Sage-Grouse: A Pivotal Moment for Conservation

Sage-grouse biologist Tom Christiansen's op-ed in the Casper Star Tribune.

Audubon Denounces Congressional Action to Undo BLM Rule Elevating Conservation on Public Lands 
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Audubon Denounces Congressional Action to Undo BLM Rule Elevating Conservation on Public Lands 

“This legislation is an end-run around how westerners themselves would like to see these lands managed.” 

Audubon: New Rule for Fossil Fuel Development on Federal Lands Long Overdue
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Audubon: New Rule for Fossil Fuel Development on Federal Lands Long Overdue

BLM public lands update puts critical wildlife habitat, cultural resources, and recreation on a level footing with oil and gas development

Choosing a Plan to Save the Greater Sage-Grouse
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Choosing a Plan to Save the Greater Sage-Grouse

Tell the Bureau of Land Management to preserve Greater Sage-Grouse habitat

Pat O’Toole
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Pat O’Toole

A rancher, conservationist, and friend of Audubon.

The Golden Triangle
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The Golden Triangle

The sagebrush steppe was once North America's largest ecosystem. Today, less than half remains. In western Wyoming lies the crown jewel.

How New Incidental Take Permits Can Protect Bald and Golden Eagles at Wind Energy Sites
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How New Incidental Take Permits Can Protect Bald and Golden Eagles at Wind Energy Sites

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has an improved permitting process that benefits eagles.

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