Conservation Buffer Distance Estimates for Greater Sage-Grouse — A Review

US Geological Survey

The U.S. Geological Survey released a report today that compiles and summarizes published scientific studies that evaluate effective conservation buffer distances from human activities and infrastructure that influence greater sage-grouse populations.

Greater sage-grouse conservation buffers are specified protective distances around greater sage-grouse communal breeding locations, known as leks…

[From an E&E News PM article by Scott Streater, sub. req’d] …The 14-page report unveiled today by USGS summarizes published scientific literature and found that the research suggests buffers around sage grouse breeding grounds, called leks, should generally fall within 3.1 to 5 miles.

That’s larger, in some cases, than what the Bureau of Land Management and states like Montana have proposed in greater sage grouse conservation management plans that have been finalized or that are near completion…

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