BLM and Joint Venture Expand Sagebrush Conservation Partnership Model
Building on the successful creation of plans and proven models to conserve sagebrush habitat for the Greater Sage-grouse, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV) have formalized a partnership effort to help maintain the West’s “sagebrush sea.”
During the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Summer 2016 Meeting, BLM Division Chief of Fish and Wildlife Conservation Steve Small announced that the two organizations had finalized a five-year, up to $5 million intra-agency agreement to promote win-win solutions for wildlife and working lands. The $5 million provided by the BLM will be matched with partner funding.
The purpose of the agreement between the BLM and the IWJV is to expand the capacity-building model and priority conservation practices pioneered through the Natural Resources Conservation Service-led Sage Grouse Initiative by transferring the success on private lands to this new public lands partnership. This agreement will facilitate collaboration in focal landscapes to accomplish on-the-ground projects such as: conifer removal, fire and invasive treatments, wet meadow habitat restoration, and planning and implementation of range structural improvements.
The BLM-IWJV agreement reflects continued collaboration and investment by federal agencies, private landowners, state fish and wildlife agencies and partner organizations to join voluntary efforts at the landscape-level for the benefit of sage grouse, other sage-dependent wildlife, ranching operations, and rural communities.
The IWJV and BLM will be developing more information related to this exciting partnership over the next month. Stay tuned! For more information on the BLM’s approach to sage grouse conservation, please visit the following page.