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Sage-grouse Conservation in the United States: An Update on the Sage Grouse Initiative

September 5, 2022

Wild Lands Advocate article by: Ruiping Luo, AWA Conservation Specialist

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Canada is not the only country with greater sage-grouse. In fact, Canada contains only the northern tip of their range. The majority of their sagebrush habitat lies in the United States, where sage-grouse can be found across 11 states. Current population estimates are at between 200,000 and 400,000, much more than the few hundred found here in Canada, but far fewer than the 16 million estimated to have once roamed the sagebrush lands of western North America.

We have spectacular wilderness in Alberta, much of it under some form of protection. Every square millimetre of it has had to be fought for - will always have to be fought for, forever and ever. The struggle to retain and repair wilderness is conducted not just by a few individuals, but by large numbers of committed people, from all walks of life, all working in various ways toward the same end. We need to be grateful to all of them.
- Dave Mayhood
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