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Historical Development, Principal Federal Legislation, and Current Management of Sagebrush Habitats: Implications for Conservation

Steven T. Knick

in Greater Sage-Grouse

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267114
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948686 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520267114.003.0002
Historical Development, Principal Federal Legislation, and Current Management of Sagebrush Habitats: Implications for Conservation

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The historical disposition and development of sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) landscapes have resulted in land ownership mosaics and differences in environmental qualities among land managers that influence today's conservation planning. Early land-use policies following major land acquisitions from 1776 to 1867 in the western United States were designed to transfer the vast public resources to private ownership. Federal legislation enacted during the late 1800s and early 1900s encouraged development of arable regions, facilitated livestock grazing, created transportation corridors, and provided for access to minerals, coal, and petroleum. Privately owned lands are a major constituent of sagebrush landscapes in the Great Plains and Columbia Basin and are intermixed with public lands in other Sage-Grouse Management Zones. The public still retains large areas and 70% of current sagebrush habitats. More recent legislation reflects changing public values to maintain or restore natural components, such as plants and wildlife, and minimize the impact of land uses in sagebrush landscapes. Very little of the land used by Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) has protected status in national parks or reserves.

Keywords: Artemisia; federal legislation; public lands; sagebrush habitats; Greater Sage-Grouse; Centrocercus urophasianus; land uses; conservation planning; Sage-Grouse Management Zones; national parks

Chapter.  8878 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Vertebrates

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