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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News and Stories

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

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
Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative

“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?
Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative

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.

Audubon Laments Shortsighted Approach to Sagebrush Management
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Audubon Laments Shortsighted Approach to Sagebrush Management

Washington insiders replace compromise and a science-driven consensus in favor of accelerating development across a threatened and unique Western landscape.

The Greater Sage-Grouse’s Most Important Habitat Is on the Auction Block
Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative

The Greater Sage-Grouse’s Most Important Habitat Is on the Auction Block

Every parcel up for grabs in this week’s federal oil and gas lease sale is in the bird’s territory, despite earlier agreements to steer the industry away.

Trump Administration Moves to Open Sage-Grouse Strongholds to Oil and Gas
Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative

Trump Administration Moves to Open Sage-Grouse Strongholds to Oil and Gas

New management plans would roll back protections in seven states, lifting restrictions on more than 80 percent of the bird's most vital habitat

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