The Rangelands West collection includes articles, websites, reports, and multimedia resources focused on issues relevant to the Western U.S. Also included are resources emanating from the 19 land-grant universitires that are members of the Rangelands Partnership and made available throught their respective state Rangelands websites.
The Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) is a partnership of ranchers, agencies, universities, non-profit groups, and businesses that embrace a common vision: wildlife conservation through sustainable ranching. Launched by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 2010, SGI applies the power of the Farm Bill to fund and certify voluntary conservation projects in sage grouse strongholds across 11 western states. SGI joins an unprecedented conservation effort at local, state, and national levels to proactively conserve the species and prevent the need for listing the sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act, a decision slated for 2015. Once numbering some 16 million before settlement, sage grouse have dwindled to as few as 200,000 birds inhabiting half their historic range. However, with the right conservation in the right places, we can bring back sage grouse, while meeting our nation’s food and energy needs.