Greater Sage-Grouse. The greater sage-grouse today is found in only 11 states and two Canadian provinces. © Joe Kiesecker/TNC

Land & Water Stories

Sage Grouse Conservation

Conserving the sage grouse and the heart of the West.

The greater sage-grouse is the largest grouse in the Americas, at home in the West’s clean-scented high deserts and plains. At one time the bird picked its way through sagebrush in 13 states and three Canadian provinces, and numbered as many as 16 million. Today approximately 200,000 birds remain. 

The sage-grouse lives in the heart of the American West with 350 other species of wildlife and plants. The Nature Conservancy has been working for decades with private and public partners to conserve this unique American bird and its habitat, for future generations of Americans and our wildlife.

Our efforts focus on the following:

  • Providing science and research to identify the best places to conserve sage-grouse habitat.
  • Teaming with ranchers to improve range health.
  • Purchasing land and voluntary conservation agreements to set aside critical habitat.
  • Collaborating with energy and mining companies to avoid, minimize, and mitigate the impact of development activities.
Break Through (2:51) The Nature Conservancy and partners are using innovative science—and a pasta maker—to introduce a new sagebrush planting method across Oregon deserts.