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Sage-grouse habitat map now available
by Tribune Staff
Mar 14, 2012 | 761 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARSON CITY — The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) has completed a greater sage-grouse habitat categorization map that will be used as a planning tool for the management of the bird and its habitat. This map can be viewed at NDOW.org.

The habitat categorization map incorporates lek observations, telemetry locations, survey and inventory reports, vegetation cover, soils information and aerial photography.

“This mapping project strictly provides the biological data on the bird,” said NDOW Director Ken Mayer. “Our role, as is the case in all of our wildlife management endeavors, is to scientifically report on the status of the species.”

This tool provides resource managers with information to guide conservation and land-use planning efforts in the context of greater sage-grouse management at the landscape-scale.

The habitat categorization analysis was only performed for areas within the sage-grouse population management units (PMUs). Sage-grouse habitat could exist outside of the PMUs. Ongoing efforts will include revisions to the habitat categorization every three to five years based upon updated PMU boundaries, sage-grouse survey and inventory work, conservation projects, human land-use development and wildfire events.

Areas of preliminary priority or general sage-grouse habitat indicate where land-use changes might be needed if they would adversely affect sage-grouse population health.

Comments on the NDOW habitat categorization map should be directed to sagegrouse@ndow.org. Comments on the map as part of the federal sage-grouse scoping process can be submitted to: sagewest@blm.gov; by fax to 861-6747; or by mail to Western Region Project Manager, BLM Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno, NV 89502 by March 23.
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