Interested landowners can apply for funding to improve sage grouse habitat in Idaho through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Sage Grouse Initiative. Applications are due by July 18
The initiative focuses on improving rangeland to support both healthy sage grouse populations and sustainable ranching.
The initiative covers 11 western states, and Idaho has received $1.4 million in funding.
Typical habitat improvement practices include seeding rangeland to increase availability of sage-grouse food plants; removing juniper trees in key breeding, brood-rearing and wintering sites to restore sage-grouse habitat; and, including a rest period in grazing systems to improve sage-grouse cover during the nesting season.
For more information on the initiative, contact a local NRCS office or visit
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/id/home/ and click on the Sage Grouse Initiative link under the Programs heading.