Through a collaborative process and annual monitoring, Interior and its partners are managing the project using the adaptive management process. Annually, the partners review work on the ground and discuss the goals and outcomes of those activities. By providing a continuous feedback loop regarding the success of the treatments, this methodology allows adjustments and fine-tuning to better meet overall objectives.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides a historic increase in funding for wildland fire management, including an additional $878 million over five years for the Interior Department to improve ecosystem health and remove fuel for wildfires. With $667,000 in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding, the BLM will be able to treat an additional 20,000 acres for this project in 2022 alone.
This work will complement the nearly 100,000 acres of treatments conducted by Interior’s partners on non-federal lands in the project area since 2010.
The Bruneau-Owyhee Greater Sage-grouse Habitat Project supports the Department of the Interior’s priority of investing in America’s infrastructure through ecosystem restoration by advancing restoration work for the conservation of at-risk and listed species while reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires and improving firefighter safety.
This project also reflects a wider effort by the Interior Department to restore and preserve the sagebrush ecosystem. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that it will fund more than 40 projects across western states to combat invasive grasses and wildfire, reduce encroaching conifers, safeguard precious water resources, and promote community economic stability through a more than $9 million investment under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
This project in Idaho represents an outstanding example of federal, state, and local agencies working together to achieve shared conservation stewardship by improving and maintaining sagebrush steppe habitat to benefit local wildlife and improve wildfire resiliency.