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.

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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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

Court Strikes Down Trump Administration’s Sage-grouse Directive, Canceling Hundreds of Oil and Gas Leases
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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
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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
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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
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Irresponsible Oil and Gas Leasing Monopolizes Public Lands

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

Oil Market Woes Raise Concerns That More Wells Will Be ‘Orphaned’
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Oil Market Woes Raise Concerns That More Wells Will Be ‘Orphaned’

When energy companies go bust, taxpayers are often on the hook to clean up abandoned wells that pose environmental hazards.

How to Make and Install Fence Markers for Sage-Grouse
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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
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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
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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.

Sage-Grouse Season Is Upon Us
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Sage-Grouse Season Is Upon Us

In sagebrush country, the show goes on.

President Trump Visits Colorado as his Policies Wreak Havoc on Public Lands
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President Trump Visits Colorado as his Policies Wreak Havoc on Public Lands

This Administration prioritizes energy leasing over sound management of the sagebrush ecosystem.

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