Oregon’s high desert is one of the last remaining strongholds of a highly imperiled ecosystem. But the rugged spirit of these 14 million acres belies their fragile nature. Once disrupted — by fragmentation, invasive species and uncharacteristic fire — sagebrush habitats can be permanently damaged.
At particular risk is the desert’s most iconic species, the greater sage grouse. For decades, Oregon’s sage grouse numbers have been steadily declining.
The Nature Conservancy brings inventive solutions. With your generous support, we:
- Protect remaining high-quality sagebrush.
- Restore habitats already degraded.
- Advance sagebrush science and share technical guidance.
- Work with range scientists to create a restoration toolkit.
- Design and test methods to improve native species reseeding.
- Identify sites for compatible energy development and conservation.
- Collaborate with others to establish policies and programs that benefit local economies and places we care about.
Explore our work and see how, together, we can ensure a more sustainable future for the greater sage grouse and Oregon’s high desert.
Once called the "sagebrush sea," Oregon's desert habitat was part of a system that covered 240,000 square miles across 11 states in the West. Today, only 56 percent of the habitat remains. Learn More About the "Sagebrush Sea"
It's mating season for sage grouse, and they've got some pretty impressive dance moves. Watch Our Live Lek Cam
We're working with unlikely partners at Boardman Grasslands: canines. Learn how Captain the Conservation Canine is helping us protect the Washington ground squirrel.
New seed coatings may reduce severe wildfire and save sagebrush. Read more
Efforts to keep the greater sage grouse off the endangered list are rallying unlikely allies. Read more
Garth Fuller leads the Conservancy's Oregon deserts team. Learn more
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