Tools and Resources for Habitat Management

Here are some helpful tools and resources we have found that provide more information on habitat protection and restoration of Sage-Grouse populations

The Global Invasive Species Database (GISD)
The Global Invasive Species Database (GISD) aims to increase awareness about invasive alien species and to facilitate effective prevention and management activities.

WAFWA's Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT)
The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT) was developed to bring greater certainty and predictability to planning efforts by establishing a common starting point for discussing the intersection of development and wildlife.

U.S Drought Portal
Drought is one of the most costly natural disasters affecting the U.S. The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) was established in 2006 (NIDIS Act) to help begin to move society from a reactive response to drought to a proactive stance.

Grazing Calculator
This calculator provides a simple and prompt means of analyzing your grazing program as your work your way through the grazing season. It will make management decisions much easier and give you confidence that you are on track with your grazing plan.

The Snake River Field Station of the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center developed and now maintains this database of the spatial information needed to address management of sage-grouse and sagebrush steppe habitats in the western United States.

Sage-Grouse Local Working Group Locator
The Sage-grouse Local Working Group (LWG) Locator is a web-based, geographically-linked database that describes Local Working Groups and what types of projects and conservation efforts have been identified in their area.

Density and Disturbance Calculation Tool
In Wyoming, landowners can use this tool to evaluate disturbance percentages, location, and number of disturbances of suitable sage-grouse habitat within the area affected by a project.

Wyoming Interagency Spatial Database and Online Management System (WISDOM)
WISDOM is a user-friendly tool allowing any interested individual to discover, consider, and assess Wyoming’s wildlife resources and other natural resource data layers.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Centralized Oregon Mapping Products and Analysis Support System (Compass)
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Centralized Oregon Mapping Products and Analysis Support System, or Compass, provides valuable information for making informed land use decisions related to Oregon’s fish and wildlife habitats, in particular when working with energy, transportation, conservation and other large-scale projects.

Utah Conservation Data Center
An integral part of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, the Utah Conservation Data Center (UCDC) is the central repository for Utah biodiversity information.

Fence Collision Risk Tool
The Fence Collision Risk Tool is a GIS map available to state wildlife agencies and NRCS field offices range-wide. The tool can be used to map out high-risk areas and plan fence marking and mitigation projects locally or across landscapes.

Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer
The Wildfire Risk Explorer digital library aims to make information about Oregon's wildfire risks available to users. The portal was developed in response to the statewide Communities-At-Risk (CAR) Assessment completed by the Oregon Department of Forestry in 2005 and a need to support Community Wildfire Protection Planning.

Sage Grouse Conservation Library
The Sage-Grouse Conservation Library, developed by the Public Lands Council (PLC) and Public Lands Endowment Trust, makes relevant information pertaining to sage grouse conservation available to the public lands grazing community.

Grasslands Beneficial Management Practices Tool
Commission for Environmental Cooperation tool with 100 beneficial management practices identified through a meta-analysis of publications, reports, and documents regarding grassland stewardship from ranchers, ranching associations, conservation organizations, government programs and academic institutions published between 1993 and 2013.