CRP-SAFE for Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse (ID)
The Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse was once considered the most abundant and well-known upland game bird throughout much of the Intermountain West. Currently, they inhabit less than 10% of their former range. About 75% (20,000-50,000) of the remaining birds occur in Idaho (1998). While still a game bird in Idaho they are considered a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in the Idaho State Wildlife Action Plan.
To counter this decline, in 2006, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game partnered with the USDA Farm Service Agency to develop a specific practice under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) State Acres for Wildlife (SAFE) as well as work to improve acres enrolled in the general CRP. As of January 2012 Idaho has over 92,000 acres of active or pending SAFE contracts and have improved habitat on tens of thousands of general CRP acres within Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse range.
For addition information, please contact Sal Palazzalo, Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
For more information, see: Idaho Bird Conservation Partnership.