Conservation of Greater Sage-Grouse: A Synthesis of Current Trends and Future Management

J. W. Connelly, S. T. Knick, C. E. Braun, W. L. Baker, E. A. Beever, T. Christiansen, K. E. Doherty, E. O. Garton, S. E. Hanser, D. H. Johnson, M. Leu, R. F. Miller, D. E. Naugle, S. J. Oyler-McCance, D. A. Pyke, K. P. Reese, M. A. Schroeder, S. J. Stiver, B. L. Walker and M. J. Wisdom

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:
Conservation of Greater Sage-Grouse: A Synthesis of Current Trends and Future Management

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Recent analyses of Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) populations indicate substantial declines in many areas but relatively stable populations in other portions of the species' range. Sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) habitats necessary to support sage-grouse are being burned by large wildfires, invaded by non-native plants, and developed for energy resources (gas, oil, and wind). Management on public lands, which contain 70% of sagebrush habitats, has changed over the last thirty years from large sagebrush control projects directed at enhancing livestock grazing to a greater emphasis on projects that often attempt to improve or restore ecological integrity. Demand and use of resources contained in sagebrush landscapes plus the associated infrastructure to support increasing human populations in the western United States will continue to challenge conservation efforts for Greater Sage-Grouse. This chapter summarizes the status of sage-grouse populations and habitats, provides a synthesis of major threats and challenges to conservation of sage-grouse, and suggests a roadmap to attaining conservation goals.

Keywords: Centrocercus urophasianus; Greater Sage-Grouse; sagebrush; sagebrush habitats; conservation; wildfires; public lands; livestock grazing; Artemisia

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Subjects: Vertebrates

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