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Integrating Resources at the Landscape Scale to Achieve Sage-grouse Health
Terry Messmer, Utah State University, Logan, UT
Sage-grouse (Centrocercus spp.) are restricted to the sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) rangelands of western North America. In Utah, all birds located north and west of the Colorado River are known as the greater sagegrouse (C. urophasianus). The Gunnison sage-grouse (C. minimus) is found only in San Juan County. Both species have been designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as candidate species for listing under the Endangered Species Act. True to form, when stakeholders become concerned about the welfare of a species, to include the human condition, they organize, plan, and implement actions. Such efforts are time consuming and resource intensive. Many fail because they don’t fully identify and integrate resources at the appropriate scale. This is true whether it be in conservation or health care. In this presentation I define “sage-grouse health” and discuss the role of integrating both human and natural resources at the landscape scale to achieve it.