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Source: Collage created by National Policy Consensus Center (2017)

Eastern Oregon is home to over 15 million acres of Sage-Grouse habitat. The SageCon Partnership advances policies and actions that reduce threats to Sage-Grouse, sagebrush ecosystems and Oregon's rural communities. 

The Sage-Grouse Conservation Partnership sponsored this Sage-Grouse site to document partner activities, collect and facilitate information/data sharing and promote the use of technical tools and maps in order to support the people and species dependent on the Sagebrush Sea.

Articles & Stories

  SageCon Action Plan Calendar...
Why is the sagebrush steppe ecosystem unique and threatenened? Is the most widespread...
Wrapped up in the name "Sage-Grouse" are a host of big issues related to public lands,...
Much of the upland areas in the central and eastern parts of the Lakes Basin...
The word "uplands" is used to describe the higher-elevation areas between river and stream valleys...

Maps and Tools

Data, Maps, and Models from the Bureau of Land Management's Landscape Approach Initiatives. Data... more

Data Collections

The SAGEMAP project's spatial data layers needed for research and management of sage grouse... more

About This Topic

Wrapped up in the name "Sage-Grouse" are a host of big issues related to public lands, the settement of the American West, roles and layers of government, rural communities, energy and economic development, wildfire, outdoor recreation and vast ecosystems supporting unique and important wildlife. The sagebrush steppe ecosystem provides habitat for the Sage-Grouse and hundreds of other animal and plant species from the declining pygmy rabbit to flowering plants, shrubs and grasses. The Sage-Grouse represents an umbrella species in the sagebrush sea as it has disappeared from most of its historic range and faces threats from fire, invasive species and habitat fragmentation. While often expressed shorthand in the name of this particular bird species, these deeper ongoing threads and conversations continue to shape the Oregon and the West as a whole.      

The Sage Grouse Conservation Partnership formed out of discussions beginning in Oregon in 2010 and represents a broad base of stakeholders in order to:

  • Provide a forum for coordination of federal, state, local, NGO, and private efforts to conserve sage grouse and advance sage-steppe habitat and rural community health in Oregon, including matters related to funding, policy, and implementation;
  • Implement, coordinate and monitor conservation, regulatory, and voluntary strategies across public and private lands where relevant to habitat, species, economic and community health; and
  • Coordinate with USFWS requirements and schedule for the sage grouse ESA listing decision in 2015 and subsequent 5 year reviews in order to provide timely and relevant input on Oregon’s sage-grouse and sagebrush habitat conservation strategies/approaches.