What is the SageCon Partnership?

The Sage-Grouse Conservation Partnership (SageCon) is a collaborative group to coordinate across federal, state and local entities to address issues affecting sagebrush country in eastern Oregon. The SageCon effort started in 2010 to leverage funding across Oregon’s sagebrush landscapes and build inter-agency agreements that balance natural resource protection with local livelihoods. The partnership is structured to develop policy agreements and focus investments across public and private lands to build up community capacity to address major threats from fire to invasive plants.

Leading up to the 2015 greater sage-grouse Endangered Species Act listing determination, SageCon was working across Eastern Oregon to build collaborative solutions to improve sage-grouse population trends and the sagebrush habitat on which it depends. From 2014 to 2019, an average of $15 million dollars per year in federal investments and over $1 million per year in state investments were used to implement the Oregon Sage-Grouse Action Plan.

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