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
- Why Care Fact Sheet
- Land Use Development Fact Sheet
- Grazing Fact Sheet
- Fire and Invasives Fact Sheet
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—–>
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- January 7, 2016 "A Game-Changing Approach to Conservation in the West" by John O'Keeffe, President Oregon Cattlemen's Assocaitions
- November 25, 2015 "Give Sage Grouse Plans a Chance To Work" Editorial by Paul Henson
- 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.
- August 27, 2015 Secretary Vilsack announces $211 million dollars to boost sage grouse conservation efforts. Read more about how Oregon is leading the way on private land management here: http://capitalpress.or.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=0654e215b
- 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
- May 5, 2015 NACO testifies on potential improvements to ESA
- April 3, 2015 WAFWA released its Invasive Plant Management and Greater Sage Grouse Report. See also the Distribution Report Letter from Sage Grouse Lead Director, Virgil Moore.
- March 27, 2015 Secretary Jewell and Governor Brown celebrate Oregon leadership in sage grouse conservation through the Candidate Conservation Agreements and Candadate Conservation Agreements with Assurances. Read more in the following articles: http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/3017211-151/gov-brown-visits-central-oregon#, http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2015/03/0077.xml&contentidonly=true and see videos of speech highlights from the event below from Secretary Jewell and Governor Brown.
- March 2015 Voices for Sage Grouse video released by Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.
- January 2015 USDA awards $22 million for Oregon conservation projects under Regional Conservation Partnership Program. NRCS RCPP Program National News Release. More information about Oregon NRCS news: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/or/newsroom/
- December 2014 Statement by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on the Sage-Grouse Rider in the FY15 Omnibus Bill
- November 5-7 The Next Steppe Conference: Sage Grouse and Rangeland Wildfire in the Great Basin was held in Boise, ID
- November 2014 Representatives from the SageCon Partnership present to Oregon's Land Conservation and Development Commission. Staff report available here: http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/docs/meetings/lcdc/111314/Item_13_Sage_Grouse_Final.pdf
- November 2014 USGS Buffer Report, USGS Announcement and Review Journal Article
- May 2014 BLM releases National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy:
- February 20, 2014 State comments were submitted to BLM to inform their DEIS and RMP revisions process. Documents submitted included a cover letter to State Director Perez, coordinated state agency comments and a draft proposed disturbance framework document.
- February 20,2014 USFWS comments were submitted to BLM USFWS Final OR BLM GRSG DEIS Comments
- January 15, 2014 the Draft Programmatic Candidate Conservation Agreement With Assurances for the Greater Sage-Grouse in Harney County, Oregon and Draft Environmental Assessment was released on the Federal Register. Visit USFWS Oregon Office website to view the related press release "U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes conservation agreement to conserve sage-grouse and maintain ranching way of life", Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft CCAA.
- November 2013 Draft BLM and State Planning Process Timeline
- November 2013 BLM Oregon Subregion Greater Sage Grouse Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement has been released: http://www.blm.gov/or/energy/opportunity/sagebrush.php
- October 2013 Bistate Decision Published to Federal Register. Related documents: 2012 Bistate Action Plan and Final Recommendations
- September 2013 Saving Sage Grouse from the Trees: A Proactive Solution to Reducing a Key Threat to a Candidate Species and Press Release: http://www.sagegrouseinitiative.com/saving-sage-grouse-trees-new-study-shows-benefits-targeted-tree-removal-declining-birds/
- June 2013 Central and Eastern Oregon County Land Use Planning Assessment: http://www.co.harney.or.us/PDF_Files/Sage%20Grouse/County%20Sage%20Grouse%20Regional%20Report1142013.pdf
- June 2013 Greater Sage Grouse Baseline Environmental Report (BER) from USGS
Press release: http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/
- March 2013 Sage Grouse Conservation Objectives Team Final Report.