Conserving the Wet Places: New Mesic Layer Available Online

The NRCS-led Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) just unveiled a brand new strategy aimed at conserving mesic habitats, which are the places where water meets land. These wet, green meadows, streams and riparian areas in sagebrush country are essential to a host of sagebrush-dependent critters for survival, especially young sage grouse chicks. 

To help ensure that this new information will result in maximum conservation efforts, the SGI science team developed an innovative addition to the SGI Interactive Web App — a free, open-access, online tool — that shows the "greenness" of mesic habitats range wide. The Intermountain West Joint Venture’s Patrick Donnelly was highly involved in developing this spatial and temporal analysis of summer sage grouse brood rearing habitats across the West. Additionally, the Bureau of Land Management provided funding to realize this important habitat management tool.

This ‘first of its kind’ tool can be used to help strategically target future conservation actions as well as be used to quantify resulting improvements. Please also see the new brochure outlining the strategy to conserve these invaluable wet places.