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

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.

Greater Sage-Grouse display at sunrise.

Greater Sage-Grouse Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies

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

New Report Shows Loss of More Than One Million Acres of Sagebrush Habitat Every Year
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New Report Shows Loss of More Than One Million Acres of Sagebrush Habitat Every Year

Researchers also developed powerful new data and tools to help guide on-the-ground conservation efforts.

An Unexpected Paradise
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An Unexpected Paradise

A Bahamian’s first impressions of Wyoming’s sagebrush ecosystem.

Gunnison Sage-Grouse Are on the Brink
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Gunnison Sage-Grouse Are on the Brink

The Bureau of Land Management steps up to try and save them. Will it work?

Infrastructure Funding Could Bring Hope to North America’s Largest Ecosystem
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Infrastructure Funding Could Bring Hope to North America’s Largest Ecosystem

An update on efforts to build a better future for the Greater Sage-Grouse and Sagebrush Country.

Audubon and Other Groups Urge Bureau of Land Management to Act Quickly to Conserve Sage-Grouse
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Audubon and Other Groups Urge Bureau of Land Management to Act Quickly to Conserve Sage-Grouse

Decades of Greater sage-grouse population declines and sagebrush habitat loss makes this review of federal land management plans imperative.

Federal Conservation Plans for Greater Sage-Grouse Go Under Review
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Federal Conservation Plans for Greater Sage-Grouse Go Under Review

The Bureau of Land Management has opened a process to review multi-state conservation plans.

BLM pulls 264 parcels from oil and gas lease sale over grouse concerns
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BLM pulls 264 parcels from oil and gas lease sale over grouse concerns

WyoFile: Feds resume oil and gas leasing review, and will add climate impact analysis.

Despite a Pledge to Ban It, Oil and Gas Permitting Is Up Under Biden
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Despite a Pledge to Ban It, Oil and Gas Permitting Is Up Under Biden

Legal and political realities seem to have tempered the administration’s ambitions for ending fossil fuel extraction on federal lands.

Congress Is Set to Remove a Longstanding Barrier to Listing Greater Sage-Grouse Under the Endangered Species Act
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Congress Is Set to Remove a Longstanding Barrier to Listing Greater Sage-Grouse Under the Endangered Species Act

For years, an obscure budget provision has blocked the federal government from protecting the fast-declining birds. That may be about to change.

Cutting Trees Gives Sage-Grouse Populations a Boost, Scientists Find
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Cutting Trees Gives Sage-Grouse Populations a Boost, Scientists Find

A new study in Oregon shows that removing conifers has helped the imperiled bird’s local numbers grow more quickly.

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