Greater Sage Grouse Conservation
Blueprint for Sage-grouse Conservation and Recovery
by Dr. Clait E. Braun
of Dr. Clait E. Braun (2013) before Congress on H. R. 657
Improvement Act, involving Sage-grouse. This bill had a lower chance
of passing, while the Senate verion has a higher one. S.
258. This was just revised on May 2014.
DOI Fish & Wildlife Services Greater Sage-grouse Comprehensive Strategy
"In their March 2010 listing
decision, the USFWS concluded that the key threats to the continued
survival of sage - grouse are 1) habitat loss, fragmentation, and modification
and 2) inadequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms, particularly in
relation to energy and other development . The USFWS also evaluated
the 'utilization' (e.g. hunting) of sage - grouse and concluded that
'the greater sage - grouse is not threatened by overutilization for
commercial, recreational, scientific, or educational purposes now or
in the foreseeable future' "
Sage Grouse Priority Areas For Conservation Map
USFS GRSG Planning Strategy Subregion/EIS boundaries Map
Sage-Grouse Range-Wide Breeding Density Thresholds Map
Fish & Wildlife Greater Sage Grouse Information Page
Establishing a Greater Sage-grouse Habitat Conservation Advisory Council
GREATER SAGE-GROUSE HABITAT CONSERVATION STRATEGY Jan 2014
Pag. 33, "f) Hunting
Hunting sage-grouse in Montana is a regulated activity that involves
scientific population monitoring and the ability to adjust seasons as
appropriate, including season dates, season length, bag limit, and area
a. Hunting will continue to be managed by FWP through the Montana Fish
and Wildlife Commission.
b. A framework of hunting bag limits and area closures was originally
outlined in the Management Plan and Conservation Strategies for the
Greater Sage-Grouse in Montana – Final. FWP will continue to annually
monitor sage-grouse population fluctuations and work with the Commission
to adopt appropriate hunting season regulations.
c. FWP will re-evaluate and further adapt this season-setting approach
including re-examining closure (and opening) criteria, hunting districts,
season length, and season dates. Establishment of hunting districts/zones
will be considered during the annual season setting process. "
Habitat Conservation Advisory Council Agenda
briefed on Montana environmental issues, Billings Gazette, June 21,
Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat Conservation Strategy November 2013
of Sage Grouse Conservation Initiatives Dec. 2012 update