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USGS helps support stakeholders through the development of decision support tools and other products including strategy documents, web-based tools, and scientific reviews.

Conservation Efforts Database: Tracking Sage-Grouse Conservation Efforts Across the Landscape

 

Greater Sage-Grouse National Research Strategy

The Conservation Efforts Database (CED; conservationefforts.org) is a partnership between the USGS and USFWS to efficiently and effectively collect and analyze ongoing conservation efforts for the Greater Sage-Grouse. Understanding the distribution and type of conservation actions happening across the landscape will allow visualization and quantification of the extent to which threats are being addressed. The CED is capable of (1) allowing users to enter data from different locations, (2) storing documents, (3) linking conservation actions to one or more threats, (4) reporting documentation and summaries of the conservation actions at multiple scales, and (5) accounting for actions at multiple scales from small easements to state-wide planning efforts.

The condition of the sagebrush ecosystem has been declining in the Western United States, and greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), a sagebrush-obligate species, has experienced concurrent decreases in distribution and population numbers. This has prompted substantial research and management over the past two decades to improve the understanding of sage-grouse and its habitats and to address the observed decreases in distribution and population numbers. USGS undertook the development of this Research Strategy, which addresses information and science relating to the greater sage-grouse and its habitat across portions of 11 Western States. This Research Strategy provides an outline of important research topics to ensure that science information gaps are identified and documented in a comprehensive manner. 

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Justin L. Welty
USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
jwelty@usgs.gov
208-426-5212
Steven E. Hanser
USGS Ecosystems Mission Area
shanser@usgs.gov
703-648-4054
Greater Sage-Grouse National Research Strategy

USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2013-5167, 2013

Conservation buffer distance estimates for Greater Sage-Grouse: A review

Land Treatment Digital Library

USGS led a collaborative, synthetic effort to compile and evaluate relations between human infrastructure and population viability of Greater Sage-Grouse. The report summarizes the published literature on quantitative estimates of buffer distances and disturbance thresholds for greater sage-grouse associated with six categories of land use or disturbance (e.g., roads, energy development).  For each category, a table is provided showing the minimum and maximum buffer distances found in the scientific literature, as well as suggested lower and upper limits based on information in the scientific literature and the review of a collaborative science team. The purpose of this report is to provide a convenient reference for land managers and others who are working to develop biologically relevant and socioeconomically practical buffer distances around sage-grouse habitats.

The Land Treatment Digital Library (LTDL) was created by the U.S. Geological Survey to catalog legacy land treatment information on Bureau of Land Management lands in the western United States. The LTDL can be used by federal managers and scientists for compiling information for data-calls, producing maps, generating reports, and conducting analyses at varying spatial and temporal scales. The LTDL currently houses thousands of treatments from BLM lands across 10 states. Users can browse a map to find information on individual treatments, perform more complex queries to identify a set of treatments, and view graphs of treatment summary statistics.

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Daniel Manier
USGS Fort Collins Science Center
manierd@usgs.gov
970-226-9466
Conservation buffer distance estimates for Greater Sage-Grouse: A review

USGS Open-File Report 2014-1239, 2014
David Pilliod
USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
dpilliod@usgs.gov
208-426-5202
Land Treatment Digital Library

U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 806, 2013

Environmental Baseline Report for Conservation of Greater Sage-Grouse in the Western United States

   
Range-wide, adaptive management strategies by BLM and the USFS will focus on areas affected by threats to sage-grouse habitat, such as wildfire, energy development, agricultural conversion, and infrastructure development. A recent report summarizes several decades of work on sage-grouse populations and sagebrush habitat and looks at each of the threats to Greater Sage-Grouse identified by USFWS in the 2010 Endangered Species Act listing decision. Assembled, peer reviewed and published by the USGS, the report is intended to provide a framework for considering potential implications and management options, and demonstrate a regional context and perspective needed for local planning and decision-making.  

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Daniel Manier
USGS Fort Collins Science Center
manierd@usgs.gov
970-226-9466

Summary of science, activities, programs, and policies that influence the rangewide conservation of Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)

USGS Open-File Report 2013-1098, 2013

 

 

 

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