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Bird Conservation on Private Lands CRP-SAFE, State Acres For Wildlife. Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse Historical Distribution in the Western United States. Gillette 2014. Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse. A Year in the Life of CSTG. Leks —Least important habitat type.

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Bird Conservation on Private Lands

CRP-SAFE, State Acres For Wildlife

Columbian sharp tailed grouse
Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse Western United States

A year in the life of cstg
A Year in the Life of CSTG Western United States

Leks—Least important habitat type.

Nesting—Most important habitat type.

Brood rearing—Defined by insect abundance.

Fall—Less important habitat, cover from predators, switch to berries...

Winter—Fruit bearing shrubs and aspens.

State acres for wildlife enhancement safe
State Acres For Wildlife Enhancement Western United States(SAFE)

Different goals than general CRP

Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse(CSTG) primarily

Limited acres

Focused eligibility

Safe nationwide
SAFE Nationwide Western United States

1,250,000 total acres

36 states plus Puerto Rico

Leading states by allocation acres:

Idaho—131,100, 2 programs


Upland Gamebird—25,000

Texas—125,200, 3 programs

Washington—100,100, 5 programs

South Dakota—97,800, 3 programs

Kansas—97,000, 2 programs

Iowa—93,350, 4 programs

Nebraska—81,900, 2 programs

Colorado—52,050, 4 programs

Minnesota—48,700 1 program

Ohio—42,600, 7 programs

Douglass Co. WA—50,087

Bailey Co. TX—44,492

Power Co. ID—41,833

Active safe contracts
Active SAFE Contracts Western United States

Columbian sharp tailed grouse l ek searches
Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse Western United StatesLek Searches

CSTG management plan

Private Land funds for officer time

Landowner search requests

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes MOU

Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse Occupied Western United Statesleks

“there are leks on my land, but you will never know where”

2008, 121

2012, 491


“When are you coming out to find the leks on my land.”


Future of cstg safe
Future of CSTG SAFE Western United States

~20,000 acres available for SE Idaho.

General CRP reductions in current Farm Bill.

Fewer acres with diversity vs. more acres near monocultures

Brewer’s Sparrow vs. Savannah Sparrow

Wintering raptors


Land use within 1.2 mile buffers of CSTG leks.