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Deal designed to help save Sagebrush State’s sagebrush

Staff Reports

State, federal, and nonprofit organizations plan to sign an agreement on Friday in Reno to conserve and restore sagebrush  across Nevada and eastern California.

“This partnership is modeled on the highly successful Burley Project in Idaho and will allow Nevada partners to cooperatively pool resources across the state,” says Pheasants Forever SGI Field Capacity Coordinator Michael Brown.

Under the agreement, invading pines and junipers would be controlled in watersheds partners agree are a priority, implement practices to reduce risk of fire and invasive species across the Great Basin and restore wet meadow habitats across state, federal, and private property to accelerate sagebrush ecosystem conservation.

The agreement will establish a framework to accomplish common goals related to the restoration, enhancement, and conservation of sage-steppe habitat.

Participating nonprofit groups and agencies include Pheasants Forever; NRCS-Nevada; BLM-Nevada; U.S Fish and Wildlife Service; Nevada Department of Wildlife; the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest; and the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.