New tool turns science into actions that benefit working lands and wildlife
The Sage Grouse Initiative developed an Interactive Web Application to catalyze and improve habitat conservation efforts across the western United States. The interactive mapping tool is free and available to the public. It helps visualize, distribute, and combine information about the sagebrush-steppe ecosystem.
Developed in partnership with the University of Montana and others, SGI used Google Earth Engine to build a new interactive online map that, for the first time, combines layers of related data to better target invasive species damaging habitat and rangeland in 11 states. The new app currently allows farmers, ranchers, conservationists and other partners to analyze data on the encroachment of conifers and cheatgrass on key rangeland. The SGI science team will continue to add more layers to the map as they are developed—such as data on fence collisions and subdivision risk—to help address threats to sage grouse and the 350+ species that depend on healthy sagebrush-steppe habitat.