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Energy Development and Conservation Tradeoffs: Systematic Planning for Greater Sage-Grouse in their Eastern Range

Kevin E. Doherty, David E. Naugle, Holly E. Copeland, Amy Pocewicz and Joseph M. Kiesecker

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/9780520267114.003.0022
Energy Development and Conservation Tradeoffs: Systematic Planning for Greater Sage-Grouse in their Eastern Range

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A framework for conservation planning was developed to evaluate options for reducing development impacts on Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Lek-count data (2,336 leks) were used to delineate high-abundance population centers, termed core regions, that contained 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% of the known breeding population. Sage-grouse abundance varied by state. Wyoming contains 64% of the known sage-grouse population and more active leks than all the other states combined within the study area. Montana contains fewer sage-grouse (24%) than Wyoming, but actions that reduce sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) tillage by providing private landowners incentives to maintain sagebrush-dominated landscapes would provide lasting benefits because core regions in Montana are at comparatively low development risk. Habitat restoration in areas with low risk of development but containing fewer sage-grouse fit into the overall conservation strategy by targeting populations that promote connectivity of core regions.

Keywords: Centrocercus urophasianus; conservation planning; core regions; energy development; leks; Greater Sage-Grouse; Wyoming; Artemisia; habitat restoration; Montana

Chapter.  6366 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Vertebrates

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