Sage Grouse Conservation

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.

Response to Department of Interior Sage-Grouse Review Team Recommendations

Discover our efforts across the West:

Greater Sage Grouse in the Great Basin (PDF)

Greater Sage Grouse in the Rocky Mountains (PDF)










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