Management Requirements: In San Juan County, Utah, Prather (2010) recommended that habitat restoration efforts "focus on retaining existing sagebrush cover and establishment of sagebrush, forb and grass cover within Conservation Reserve Program fields." Prather (2010) also discussed how power poles benefit avian predators on sage-grouse, and she evaluated methods for deterring predatory birds from perching on power poles.
In Utah, Lupis et al. (20060 found that Gunnison sage-grouse used Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands for nesting, brood-rearing, and summer habitat, but these areas were not selected in greater proportion than their availability on the landscape. Most radio-tracked sage-grouse avoided CRP fields when livestock were present (one exception to this was a hen with a brood). Lupis et al. (2006) concluded that "long-term maintenance of CRP in San Juan County will result in achieving habitat conditions that are more desirable for Gunnison sage-grouse. Future livestock management practices in areas used by Gunnison sage-grouse should incorporate short-term, high-intensity deferred-grazing rotations."
Management Research Needs: Further research is needed to determine the long-term impacts of emergency Conservation Reserve Program grazing on Gunnison sage-grouse habitat, behavior, and population viability.(Lupis 2005).
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