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    • To implement a process that enhances coordination and communication between community-based adaptive resource management working groups, private, and public partners.
    • To develop “seamless” plans for designated Utah geographic areas that contribute to the conservation of sage-grouse and other wildlife species that inhabit Utah’s sagebrush-steppe and desert shrub ecosystems and enhance the economic sustainability of local communities.

    Why Extension?

    • Extension is a non-regulatory entity.
    • Extension has strong ties to the local community and economy.
    • Extension has established solid working relationships with local landowners and agricultural producers.

    Why the Berryman Institute?

    • The Berryman Institute is a national organization based in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University. It is named after Jack H. Berryman to honor his distinguished career in wildlife management. The Berryman Institute is dedicated to improving human-wildlife relationships and resolving human-wildlife conflicts through teaching, research, and extension.
    • The BI publishes Human-Wildlife Interactions. HWI is the only scientific journal dedicated improving the management of human wildlife conflicts.

    Sage-grouse Initiative. 2017. Conifer Removal Boosts Sage Grouse Success. Science to Solutions Series Number 12. Sage Grouse Initiative, 4pp.

    David Dahlgren, Terry Messmer, and Eric Thacker. 2016. Considerations for Sage-grouse Management Objectives. Utah State University Extension Fact Sheet.

    Terry Messmer wins 2016 Caesar Kleberg Award for Excellence in Applied Wildlife Research for his leadership in implementing the Utah Community-Based Conservation Program with its strong focus on engaging local communities in conservation and research. Read more here

    The final listing decision made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was published in the Federal Register on October 2, 2015. The 12 month finding can be accessed at https://goo.gl/PejtpZ.


    Todd A. Black. 2014. Video recording of sage-grouse at lek. Filmed during 2013 and 2014 in Rich County Utah.

    The Communicator, April 2017

    Sage-grouse Habitat in Utah. A Guide for Landowners and Managers. pdf file an app is also available in the apple or google app store

    State of Utah Conservation Plan for Greater Sage-grouse. February 2013. Link to Plan

    Accomplishment Report, Utah's Adaptive Resources Management Greater Sage-grouse Local Working Groups, 2015.

    Got Sage-grouse? Need Habitat?

    Information for habitat improvement projects

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