Restoring The Sagebrush Steppe &
Native Species Preservation
Cheatgrass and Medusahead Rye, both invasive plants, arrived in the western US around 1880. Since that time, they have been critical factors in displacing native sagebrush and grasses. They have been critical in destroying wildlife forage and range for domestic stock.
Added to their propensity to carry wildfire, the combined ecological disruption of these invasive species has negatively impacted rural economies and the fundamental homeostasis of the sagebrush steppe.
Ranching, farming, and recreating practices can be adopted to decrease the further spread of Cheatgrass and Medusahead Rye. The organizations and agencies listed below offer expertise and research for mitigating the destruction of these invasive grasses.
Restoration of the sagebrush steppe is fundamental to stabilizing the economic destiny of western ranchers and farmers, as well as the survival of over 350 native species whose presence makes the steppe an enigmatic ecosystem endeared by so many Americans.
USFWS: Greater Sage-Grouse
Sage Grouse Initiative
Combating the Spread of
Cheatgrass & Medusahead Rye
Video on Sage Grouse as Keystone Species: PEW
Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center
Below: Download the 2 page PDF brochure on the Sagebrush Steppe and the jpg of an Invasive Grass poster. Please distribute in your locale. Approximately 350+ species of the sagebrush steppe need protection to survive loss of habitat.