Sagebrush Landscape Planning

Sagebrush Landscape Planning

An important focus now and into the future will be utilizing the latest science and decision support tools to invest strategically in the right places with the right actions to benefit wildlife and local communities. Several spatial planning tools and management resources exist to identify beneficial conditions for sage obligate species, practices to improve these conditions, and the best places to undertake sagebrush conservation activities. Tools also exist to aid in performance monitoring, which provides real-time information to land managers, partner biologists, and landowners about the results of their conservation activities.

We have compiled some of these tools below:  

1) Decision Support Tools for Sage Grouse: The Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) directly and indirectly supports science efforts to inform mapping products, decision-support tools, and outcome-based evaluations that enable better targeting of resources and allow for adaptive management for sage grouse and sage obligate species. Click these links to find information on the following topics:

2) Outcomes-based Monitoring for Sage Obligate Birds: The IWJV and its partners have been investing in science to better understand how sage grouse habitat restoration efforts benefit sage obligate birds.

3) Habitat and Populations Scenarios (HABPOPS): The IWJV invested in this tool as part of the IWJV 2013 Implementation Plan to calculate the effects habitat management activities will have on sage obligate (and grassland) birds. See HABPOPS tool page here.

We also announce webinars and trainings related to these tools, as they are available (see IWJV News).


Additional spatial planning and other resources exist that may be useful in guiding decisions related to planning and evaluating outcomes of management for sage obligate bird species, although they are not specific to these bird species.  Many of these tools and resources are archived on the SageMap and SageStep websites. Additionally, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has developed a number of key resources to inform partners about ways to conserve the sage-steppe ecosystem.