To implement a process that enhances coordination and communication between community-based adaptive resource management working groups, private, andpublic partners. 

To develop “seamless” plans for designated Utah geographic areas that contribute to the conservation of sage-grouse and other wildlife species that inhabit Utah’s sagebrush-steppe and desert shrub ecosystems and enhance the economic sustainability of local communities.

Extension is a non-regulatory entity.

Extension has strong ties to the local community and economy.

Extension has established solid working relationships with local landowners and agricultural producers. 

Terry Messmer wins 2016 Caesar Kleburg Award for Excellence in Applied Wildlife Research for his leadership in implementing the Utah Community-Based Conservation Program with its strong focus on engaging local communities in conservation and research.  Read more here 

Dahlgren, D.K., T.A. Messmer, B.A. Crabb, R.T. Larsen, T.A. Black, S.N. Frey, E.T. Thacker, R.J. Baxter, and J.D. Robinson. 2016. Seasonal Movements of Greater Sage-grouse Populations in Utah: Implications for Species Conservation.  Wildlife Society Bulletin DOI: 10.1002/wsb.643 pdf file

Caudill, D., M.R. Guttery, E. Leone, G. Caudill, and T.A. Messmer.  2016. Age-dependence and individual Heterogeneity in reproductive success of Greater Sage-grouse.  Journal of Avian Biology doi: [10.1111/jav.00903]. pdf file

The final listing decision made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was published in the Federal Register on October 2, 2015.  The 12 month finding can be accessed at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/10/02/2015-24292/endangered-and-threatened-wildlife-and-plants-12-month-finding-on-a-petition-to-list-greaterer/

Todd A. Black. 2014.  Video recording of sage-grouse at lek.  Filmed during 2013 and 2014 in Rich County Utah.

  The Communicator, October 2016

 Sage-grouse Habitat in Utah.  A Guide for Landowners and Managers.  pdf file  an app is also available in the apple or google app store

State of Utah Conservation Plan for Greater Sage-grouse.  February 2013.  Link to Plan

Accomplishment Report, Utah's Adaptive Resources Management Greater Sage-grouse Local Working Groups, 2015. 

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