Sage-grouse & Sagebrush Ecosystem

Habitat Management

Identification and implementation of effective management practices to maintain or improve the sagebrush habitat conditions depends on understanding the components of healthy sagebrush ecosystems and those methods and environmental conditions that facilitate success. USGS scientists are researching factors that contribute to successful establishment of big sagebrush, using remote sensing to characterize conditions of sagebrush vegetation cross the West, and many other projects to help inform future management of the sagebrush ecosystem.

Object-Based High Resolution Classification of Conifers

Object-Based High Resolution Classification of Conifers

These products were developed to provide scientific and correspondingly spatially explicit information regarding the distribution and abundance of conifers within Greater Sage-grouse habitat.

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Land Treatment Digital Library Web Site

Land Treatment Digital Library Web Site

The Land Treatment Digital Library (LTDL) was created by USGS to catalog legacy land treatment information on Bureau of Land Management lands in the western United States. 

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Date published: May 23, 2019
Status: Active

Cheatgrass and Medusahead

Invasive annual grasses, such as cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) and medusahead (Taeniatherum caput-medusae), are one of the most significant stressors to rangeland ecosystems in the western U.S. Their expansion and dominance across this area are the most damaging ecosystem agents on this iconic landscape.

Date published: February 13, 2019
Status: Completed

Standardized Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation Monitoring Protocols (ES&R)

Fire rehabilitation programs have existed within federal agencies since the early 1960s. The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are the largest users of emergency stabilization and rehabilitation (ES&R) funds, but these agencies only sporadically implement proposed monitoring and rarely use common protocols. As a result, it is impossible to draw scientifically credible...

Contacts: David A Pyke
Date published: June 30, 2017
Status: Active

Greater Sage-Grouse Population Ecology

Greater Sage-grouse are iconic birds found only in the Great Basin of the western U.S. Known for their showy courting displays, sage-grouse rely on native sagebrush habitat to shelter their young. Dr. Pete Coates is providing resource managers with the tools and information they need to conserve sage-grouse as invasive plants, evolving wildfire patterns, and energy development change the Great...

Contacts: Peter Coates
Date published: November 14, 2016
Status: Active

Burley Landscape Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration

Characterized by a vast landscape dotted with sagebrush and juniper-clad foothills, the area surrounding the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Burley Field Office in Idaho is home to a variety of species, such as the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus), antelope (Antilocapra americana), bighorn sheep(Ovis canadensis), and pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus...

Date published: October 27, 2016
Status: Active

Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative: Mechanistic Studies of Wildlife

The Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI) addresses effects of land-use and climate changes on Southwest Wyoming’s natural resources. In partnership with twelve Federal, State, and local natural resource agencies, and non-governmental organizations– FORT and ten other USGS centers are conducting dozens of integrated science projects to assess the status of Southwest Wyoming’s...

Date published: July 1, 2016
Status: Active

Conservation of Sagebrush Ecosystems and Wildlife

Sagebrush ecosystems are diverse habitats found throughout western North America that support a variety of flora and fauna. Home to unique wildlife such as Sage-grouse, Sage Thrashers, Brewer's Sparrows, Ferruginous Hawks, and pygmy rabbits, these ecosystems have undergone intense changes since the time when millions of bison roamed the plains. European settlement and intense agricultural...

Date published: November 15, 2001
Status: Archived


A GIS Database for Sage-grouse and Shrubsteppe Management in the Intermountain West

Contacts: Steven E Hanser