Saturday, June 13, 2009

Efforts Wrap Up on Sage Brush Ecosystem and Sage Grouse Project

(Cross-Node Collaboration, Southwest Information Node and Pacific Northwest Information Node)

The Cooperative Agreement with Utah State University (USU) that focused on work related to the sage brush ecosystem and sage grouse ended on January 31, 2009. Financial support for the agreement came from the Pacific Northwest along with an integrated collaboration approach with the Great Basin Information Project (GBIP) to achieve the objectives. USU worked across the Great Basin region and provided support for the development and maintenance of the Local Working Group Locator and the Livestock Grazing best management practices bibliography in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management, which are both now hosted by NBII’s GBIP. USU also helped with the development of maps and other visualization tools for the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) and facilitated connections with many regional efforts such as the Cooperative Sagebrush Initiative.

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