Tools for Managing and Monitoring Sage Grouse

Science Center Objects

To better understand how land-use changes are affecting greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), FORT is collaborating with USGS centers FRESC, GECSC, WERC, and EROS; the BLM; Colorado State University; and the WLCI to develop information and tools for managing and monitoring grouse.

Projects include improving the efficacy of population size and trend estimators and comparing population viability across different management zones. We are also evaluating factors that may limit population persistence, such as energy development, climate- induced vegetation changes, grazing regimes, and the effectiveness of core management areas established for grouse.