Find Best Management Practices (BMP)

Learn how to implement practice measures for wildlife habitat management or prescribed grazing, with these BMPs. The BMPs describe the proper way to carry out those actions.

pdf Science to Solutions - Private Lands Vital to Conserving Wet Areas for Sage Grouse Summer Habitat
By: Christine Paige, Sage Grouse Initiative
A recent groundbreaking study reveals a strong link between sites, which are essential summer habitat for sage grouse to raise their broods, and the distribution of sage grouse breeding areas or leks.

pdf Trial by Fire - Improving Our Ability to Reduce Wildfire Impacts to Sage-Grouse and Sagebrush Ecosystems Through Accelerated Partner Collaboration
By: Tim Murphy, David E. Naugle, Randall Eardley, Jeremy D. Maestas, Tim Griffiths, Mike Pellant, and San J. Stiver
Wildfire and subsequent invasion by exotic annual grasses in the Great Basin challenge land managers and impede the success of conservation practices designed to improve habitat quality for sage-grouse.

pdf Birds in a sagebrush sea - managing sagebrush habitats for bird communities
By: C. Paige and S. A. Ritter
The purpose of this document is to help anyone who is a steward of sagebrush shrublands include management practices that help support a thriving community of wild birds.

pdf Watering Facility Wildlife Escape Ladder Design
By: Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Guide provides an approved design for wildlife escape ladders in watering facilities.

pdf Science to Solutions - Conifer Removal Restores Sage Grouse Habitat
By: Christine Paige
The invasion of juniper and other conifers into sagebrush rangelands degrades habitat for sage grouse. The most effective approach is to target early encroachment stands, completely removing small trees, and thereby sustaining the existing sagebrush community.

pdf Livestock Water Tanks and Sage-grouse - A Landowners Guide
By: USDA - NRCS
Watering tanks installed for livestock are often used by wildlife as well, with unintended consequences. Sage-grouse are known to drown in livestock water tanks that do not have escape ramps.

pdf Science to Solutions - Marking High-Risk Fences Saves Sage Grouse
By: Christine Paige
Marking fences for visibility can dramatically reduce sage grouse collisions. A new mapping tool can help managers and landowners target those fences that pose the highest risk for grouse strikes: fences close to leks and in flat or rolling terrain.

pdf Applying the Sage-Grouse Fence Collision Risk Tool to Reduce Bird Strikes
By: USDA - NRCS

pdf A Landowner's Guide to Wildlife Friendly Fences - How to Build Fence with Wildlife in Mind
By: Christine Paige

pdf A Landowner's Guide to Fences and Wildlife - Practical Tips to Make Your Fences Wildlife Friendly
By: Christine Paige
Wyoming Edition  

pdf Greater Sage-Grouse Field Indicator Guide
By: NRCS Montana
This brochure is offered to the public to further outreach and education about sage-grouse; a species being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Program.

pdf Frequently Asked Questions About Marking Fences to Prevent Sage Grouse Collisions
By: Sage Grouse Initiative

pdf Working Lands for Wildlife Predictability FAQs
By: USDA - NRCS

pdf Working Lands for Wildlife Implementation Process
By: USDA

pdf Working Lands for Wildlife Greater Sage-Grouse
By: USDA
FAQs Including CCAA and SGI Comparison

pdf Inventory of State and Local Governments’ Conservation Initiatives for Sage-Grouse
By: Western Governors' Association
The 2014 Sage-Grouse Appendix identifies all sage-grouse conservation initiatives reported by states and counties between 2011 and 2014. &n ...

pdf Sage-Grouse Inventory - 2014 Conservation Initiatives
By: Western Governors' Association
The fourth annual inventory produced by the Governors, through the Western Governors' Association, has expanded its focus from previous years.

pdf Sage Grouse Habitat & Landowner Assistance
By: Nevada Sage Grouse Communications Committee
Do your have sage grouse on your property? If so, and you are interested in helping protect sage grouse and its habitat, there are several agencies and organizations that can help.

pdf Sage Grouse Habitat & Public Rangeland Grazing
By: Nevada Sage Grouse Communications Committee
Best management practices for creating harmony between sage grouse habitat and grazing on public land.

pdf Sage Grouse Habitat & Wild Land Fire
By: Nevada Sage Grouse Communications Committee
There are benefits and negative outcomes of wild land fires on sage grouse habitat.

pdf How to make and install fence markers for sage grouse
By: USDA NRCS
Fence marking using vinyl undersill trim is an effective and practical approach to increasing wire fence visibility and reducing potential sage-grouse collisions.

pdf Green Strips or Vegetative Fuel Breaks
By: Loren St. John, Dan Ogle
Green-stripping is the practice of establishing or using patterns of fire resilient vegetation and/or material to reduce wildfire occurrence and size.

pdf BLM's Best Management Practices for Sage Grouse
By: Bureau of Land Management
In this report, produced by the Sage-grouse National Technical Team in 2011, the BLM outlines Best Management Practices for Sage-grouse in the Appendixes.

pdf Guidelines to manage sage grouse populations and their habitats
By: John W. Connelly; Michael A. Schroeder, Alan R. Sands, and Clait E. Braun
This paper summarizes the current knowledge of the ecology of sage grouse and, based on this information, provides guidelines to manage sage grouse populations and their habitats.