Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Idaho an additional $5.5 million to help conserve critical sage-grouse habitats. The funding is to establish conservation easements through the Grassland Reserve Program that will maintain large tracts of sagebrush habitat important to sage-grouse. Landowners may apply for this program through July 20, 2011.
Ranchers along with local, state and federal agencies in Idaho are working cooperatively to keep the sage-grouse from being listed by focusing on habitat improvements.
For more information on or to apply for NRCS’s Grassland Reserve Program, please visit a local NRCS office or http://www.id.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/grp/index.html. Sign up ends July 20, 2011.