The Idaho NRCS office just announced increased program funding this year to help farmers and ranchers protect declining sage-grouse populations and habitat in Idaho.
The Sage-grouse Initiative (SGI) helps pay for putting specific conservation practices in place that will improve sage-grouse habitat or reduce threats to bird survival. These practices may also improve rangeland conditions. Idaho received just over $3 million for the initiative this year.
Producers can apply for the Sage-grouse Initiative at any time. Applications received before April 15 will be ranked for funding in fiscal year 2011. Landowners in the historic range for sage-grouse are eligible to apply for the initiative.