Intermountain West Joint Venture
Intermountain West Joint Venture
Partnering to Conserve Sagebrush Rangelands2022-02-23T14:27:44-07:00

Partnering to Conserve Sagebrush Rangelands


Sagebrush once covered roughly 247 million acres in western North America. Today, this threatened landscape is half its original size and shrinking due to large-scale threats like catastrophic wildfire and cheatgrass. Sagebrush rangelands drive our nation’s economy through energy and livestock production and are home to critical regional water resources. Equally important, sagebrush provides important wildlife values, including habitat for 350 native species such as sage grouse, mule deer, and migratory birds. Deep-rooted western livelihood, from Native American cultural traditions to ranching to big game hunting, all rely on healthy sagebrush rangelands.

Cross-Boundary Conservation

Voluntary, proactive, and coordinated sagebrush conservation efforts have proven to be an effective and durable method for sustaining wildlife, agriculture, and the economic vitality of western communities while reducing the need for Endangered Species Act listing and other regulatory actions. Through cross-boundary habitat improvements on public and private lands, our partnership is able to support a diversity of species and maintain healthy and connected watersheds.

Together, we are catalyzing proactive, voluntary, and community-led sagebrush rangeland conservation.

Proactive Cooperation

This initiative is bringing hundreds of partners together to focus strategically on threats in the sagebrush ecosystem including conifer encroachment, degraded wet meadows and other mesic resources, the challenge of the cycle and spread of annual invasive and catastrophic wildfire, and the need for grazing improvements. Partnering to Conserve Sagebrush Rangelands is a vehicle for conservation groups, government agencies, agricultural producers, industry representatives, recreationists, tribal and community partners to work together in priority landscapes and across sagebrush rangelands to conserve sagebrush birds, other wildlife and the habitats on which they depend.

Our Work

We take great pride in western public lands that are our American heritage. To keep these lands productive for all users, we focus our work on these key areas to address major threats to sagebrush habitat:

Remove Expanding Conifers

Reduce the Risk of Wildfire and Invasive Weeds

Restore and Enhance Wet Meadows and Riparian Areas

Promote Outcome Based Grazing Efforts

Sagebrush News

Stitching the Landscape Back Together

Funding via the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help heal wet meadows across the West, benefitting wildlife and communities. This story of one wetland restoration project in Utah highlights just one of many productive conservation partnerships West-wide.

Learn More & Engage in This Growing Partnership

There are lots of ways to get involved. Learn more at Consider:

  1. Supporting conservation action that addresses conifer removal, wildfire and invasives, wet meadow and other mesic restoration, and/or outcome-based grazing.
  2. Investing in the initiative through providing funding, helping partners access funding, or contributing other technical resources.
  3. Sharing your story of cross-boundary sagebrush habitat conservation through proactive public-private partnerships.

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