Owners of conservation properties in Colorado will want to sign-up for the Sage Grouse Initiative by the March 1, 2011 deadline. The program, run by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), helps landowners develop a plan to improve Sage Grouse habitat.
According to the NRCS:
The Sage Grouse are ground-dwelling birds, native to the sagebrush steppe ecosystem of the American West. They are found at elevations ranging from 4,000 to over 9,000 feet and are highly dependent on sagebrush for cover and food. Over the decades they have experienced a significant decline in population and habitat.
Conservation properties can benefit from this program as it will offer technical and financial assistance to landowners in achieving their habitat goals. These improvements will only increase the value of their ranch.