Sage Grouse Conservation Partnership (SageCon)

The Sage Grouse Conservation Partnership formed out of discussions beginning in Oregon in 2010 and represents a broad base of stakeholders in order to:

  • Provide a forum for coordination of federal, state, local, NGO, and private efforts to conserve sage grouse and advance sage-steppe habitat and rural community health in Oregon, including matters related to funding, policy, and implementation;
  • Implement, coordinate and monitor conservation, regulatory, and voluntary strategies across public and private lands where relevant to habitat, species, economic and community health; an
  • Coordinate with other state, regional, or federal efforts relevant to sage-grouse in order to provide timely and relevant input on Oregon’s strategies/approaches, including those related to future ESA listing or federal land management reviews.

The SageCon Partnership’s overarching goal is to advance policies and actions that reduce threats to sage-grouse and Oregon’s sagebrush ecosystem as well as promote rural community and economic health, according to the goals, approaches and strategies adopted in the Sage-Grouse State Action Plan in 2015. 

Wrapped up in the name “Sage Grouse” are a host of big issues related to public lands, the settlement of the American West, roles and layers of government, rural communities, energy and economic development, wildfire, outdoor recreation and vast ecosystems supporting unique and important wildlife. While often expressed shorthand in the name of this particular bird species, these deeper ongoing threads and conversations continue to shape the Oregon and the West as a whole. Oregon is home to over 15 million acres of sage-grouse habitat spanning private and public lands across eight counties in Eastern Oregon. The sagebrush steppe ecosystem serves the needs of hundreds of plant and animal species from the declining pygmy rabbit to flowering plants, shrubs and grasses. Sage-Grouse represent an umbrella species in the sagebrush sea as it has disappeared from most of its historic range and faces threats from fire, invasive species and habitat fragmentation.

For more information about the SageCon Partnership see:  http://orsolutions.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/SageCon_OverviewFactSheet_2013.pdf

For access to the State Action Plan as well as technical information (data, tools and maps), past meeting materials and the SageCon meeting calendar see: http://oregonexplorer.info/SageCon

For all SageCon meeting materials (from 2012-2016), use the “click to expand” function to the right of this webpage—–>

 

 

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Additional Resources

New Research Report – Advancing Collaborative Solutions: Lessons from the Oregon Sage-Grouse Conservation Partnership (SageCon)

A new report from NPCC and PSU’s Hatfield School of Government, Advancing Collaborative Solutions: Lessons from the Oregon Sage-Grouse Conservation Partnership (SageCon), explores lessons learned from SageCon about how to conduct collaborative conservation efforts at the landscape scale in a politically dynamic climate. A premise of this work is that collaborative processes that effectively integrate multiple perspectives and interests can be more effective in addressing complex issues and can result in more durable outcomes. These lessons may be helpful in addressing other complex sustainability-related challenges.

The research team interviewed seventeen SageCon participants to explore participant motivation, collaborative process design, integration of science, and more. Research funding was provided by the Institute for Sustainable Solutions and the Hatfield Public Service Grant Program at PSU. For more information about the study, contact Turner Odell, Senior Project Manager for NPCC’s Oregon Consensus at 503-725-8200 or todell@pdx.edu.

Read the full report (PDF) – Advancing Collaborative Solutions: Lessons from the Oregon Sage-Grouse Conservation Partnership

BLM and Intermountain West Joint Venture announce partnership which will leverage up to $5 million in federal funding to conserve the sagebrush sea. For more information, click on this link: http://iwjv.org/blm-and-joint-venture-expand-sagebrush-conservation-partnership-model

Related documents and links:

  • September 22, 2015 U.S. Department of the Interior announced that sage-grouse will not be listed under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). Oregon has been highlighted as one of the key states that led the way to this federal finding.

USFWS announcement

Link to Oregon Sage-Grouse Plan

Link to Governor Brown’s Executive Order on Sage-Grouse

Link to Governor Brown’s video statement

Link to Governor Brown audio statement

Link to Secretary Jewell's video statement

Photos from Secretary Jewell’s sage-grouse visit to Oregon (March, 2015)

  • May 28, 2015 BLM  released The Oregon Sub-regional Greater Sage-Grouse (GRSG) Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendment (Proposed RMP A) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) find below links to the News Release, Fact Sheet and website with all the FEIS chapters and maps.
  • BLM News Release
  • BLM Fact Sheet
  • FEIS Main Webpage Chapters and Maps

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