Intact Deserts

Oregon's vast sagebrush desert and the wildlife it supports face uncertain futures.

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.


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