Sage-Grouse Habitat in Utah
A Guide for Landowners and Managers
In Utah, the Division of Wildlife Resources, federal land agencies, university researchers, private landowners, and concerned citizens are leading efforts to reduce threats facing the grouse.
This guide book is largely an illustrated synthesis of Utah’s Greater Sage-grouse Management Plan (2009). Although the information in this guide is based on the best scientific information available, it was written to extend what is known about sage-grouse and their habitat to landowners and managers and is not to be cited as a scientific document.
The intent of this guide is to assist landowners in recognizing characteristics of productive and favorable sage-grouse habitat and to assist in providing informed conservation practices. The focus of this book is on ranching, as opposed to other land use activities. This is in part because of the importance of ranching in Utah and because grazing is a major land use that occurs throughout sage-grouse habitat.
We recognize that those who work on the landscape can play a significant role in conserving sage-grouse and the habitat. As such, as you work to implement changes through conservation, we hope you will find this guide useful. For specifics in treatment design, grazing management, fencing, and sage-grouse management, please talk with your local expert as this book is designed to provide a starting point to assist you in your overall operation.