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Sage Grouse

top right photoGreater Sage-grouse (GRSG) was a candidate species reviewed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to determine listing status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). As a direct outcome of the proposed ESA listing review, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) initiated a draft Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) pertaining to the GRSG throughout their management zones within sage-grouse habitat. The State of Idaho engaged in similar efforts and Governor Otter submitted an Idaho Plan to be considered by the BLM in the EIS alternative analysis.

As part of Idaho’s commitment to conserving sage-grouse, IDL developed conservation measures for state endowment trust land and IDL regulatory programs that complement the Governor’s Sage-Grouse Plan for federal land management in Idaho. These measures were approved by the Land Board and Oil and Gas Commission in April 2015. Before it was approved, IDL collected comments on a draft plan from the public, including from natural resource industry user groups, environmental organizations, and relevant state and federal agencies.

Later in 2015, USFWS announced that listing sage-grouse under the ESA was “not warranted.” Shortly after, Governor Otter and the Idaho Legislature filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s process behind amendments to federal land-use plans.

In the fall of 2015, the Land Board reaffirmed its commitment to implementing its Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan despite the unknown outcome of the legal challenge to the federal government’s decision on Sage-grouse.

The Plan

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Sage Grouse Funding Now Available!

    The Governor’s Office of Species Conservation (OSC) has $300,000 available for Sage Grouse restoration projects for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. This is a great opportunity for interested parties to submit applications for projects that implement Sage Grouse habitat improvements and rehabilitation. Examples of projects funded by this program include, but are not limited to: juniper removal, exotic annual grass treatment, fuel reduction projects, fuel breaks, offsite water development, wet meadow restoration, and other types of habitat restoration and enhancements. More weight will be given to on-the-ground projects that benefit large landscapes, include multiple landowners, and include partners with matching funds. Applications are due June 30, 2017. For more information about the history, review process of applications, and to apply for funding, please see the links below:

  • Request for Proposals
  • Application
  • Application Instructions
  • NEWS RELEASE: Funding available for sage-grouse restoration projects (pdf)

    For additional information or questions, please contact Josh Uriarte with OSC at 208-332-1556 or Joshua.Uriarte@osc.idaho.gov.

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