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Signup Open for Sage-grouse Habitat Improvement Projects

The NRCS recently announced that there will be an increase in funding available this year to help Idaho’s farmers and ranchers protect sage-grouse habitat. This is part of the Sage-grouse initiative, which helps farmers and ranchers implement specific conservation practices that will improve sage-grouse habitat and may also improve rangeland conditions. Producers can signup now […]

Sagebrush Steppe Restoration

Here’s an interesting presentation on a sagebrush steppe restoration project at a profitable livestock operation in northern Utah. The Deseret Land & Livestock operation wanted to increase certain populations of wildlife, such as sage grouse and mule deer, and generally improve sagebrush habitat by using a proactive grazing management plan matched with several innovative landscape […]

Pioneers Briefing at Joint Meeting

On Monday, November 29th, members of the Pioneers Alliance spoke at the Blaine County Commissioners and the Carey City Council Joint Meeting. Mark Davidson, of The Nature Conservancy, Keri York, of the Wood River Land Trust and Mike Stevens, of Pioneer Mountain Group provided a briefing on recent activity for the Alliance. They also informed […]

Sage Grouse and NRCS

NRCS Chief White recently announced that efforts to improve habitat for sage-grouse are already paying off, as a result of the agency’s partnerships with farmers and ranchers. “Working together with Western farmers and ranchers, we are creating a landscape where this declining species can not only survive, but will one day thrive,” White said. “The […]

Rescheduled Joint Meeting

There will be a special joint meeting between the Blaine County Commissioners and the Carey City Council on Monday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. at Carey City Hall. Mike Stevens will be providing an update on the Pioneers Alliance. Below is the full agenda for the meeting: • PUBLIC COMMENT • County Weeds Update – […]

Blaine County Commissioners and Carey City Council Meeting

On Wednesday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m., there will be a special joint meeting between the Blaine County Commissioners and the Carey City Council at Carey City Hall. Here is the agenda: PUBLIC COMMENT County Roads Update – Char Nelson, Blaine County Operations Manager Elections Update – JoLynn Drage, Blaine County Clerk County Fair Board […]

Carey Landowers Meet with Salmon Ranchers

Last Wednesday, a group of Carey landowners met for discussion and lamb stew with Tom McFarland and Merrill Beyler, two ranchers from the Salmon-Lemhi region. Tom, a third generation cattle rancher from Salmon, was the first to speak. Tom and his brothers were looking to expand their ranch property and knew that they wanted to […]

Pronghorn Migrate from Lower Little Wood to Leadore

Pioneers Alliance partners are wrapping up the second year of a two-year pronghorn migration study. Recently, they recovered GPS collars that record the movements of 14 does between September 2009 and August 2010. Lighthawk and expert pilot Steven Garman helped them find the last collar. Two results stand out when comparing new data with observations […]

Pioneers Listed as Priority GRP Area

NRCS recently announced that the private lands in the foothills of the Pioneer mountains will be considered a priority area for NRCS’s Grasslands Reserve Program (GRP). This breakthrough is the result of both the efforts of the Pioneers Alliance and NRCS’s recognition of the importance of protecting this landscape and its working farmlands from development. […]