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Sagebrush / Shrub-Steppe Ecosystem Conservation & Management (U-001)

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The objective of this grant is to complete strategic planning efforts, and provide administrative and logistical support to implement conservation actions focused primarily on protecting Greater sage grouse, other sagebrush obligate species, and sagebrush-steppe habitats in Montana.The state management plan for sage-grouse was adopted in October 2004. FWP established and refined a centralized sage-grouse lek count database, which now includes 13,000 entries for 1,700 documented leks. Lek information was compiled from FWP field offices. Local sage grouse work groups were also established as part of this grant. The grant also contributed toward 3 graduate research projects that included important vegetation characterization components. Further results can be found in the associated reference reports.

Time Span

09/22/2003–12/31/2007 "Completed"

Primary Investigator

  • Rick Northrup

Focus Areas

  • Bighorn Intermountain Basin
  • Central MT Broad Valleys
  • Little Belt Foothills
  • Missouri Coteau
  • Montana Glaciated Plains
  • Montana Shale Plains
  • Powder River Basin/Breaks/Scoria Hills
  • Shale Scablands
  • Southwest Montana Intermountain Basins & Valleys


  • Mixed Shrub/Grassland
  • Sagebrush and Salt Flats


  • Brooks, A. 2007. Final Project Report for SWG U1: Sagebrush / shrub-steppe ecosystem conservation. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. 3 pp

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