Sage-Grouse Conservation Partnership

The Sage-Grouse Conservation Partnership (SageCon) is an unprecedented collaborative effort among federal, state, and private stakeholders to address landscape-scale threats to greater sage-grouse while acknowledging rural economic and community interests across eastern Oregon’s sagebrush range.

Resulting from the SageCon process, the 2015 Oregon Sage-Grouse Action Plan details voluntary and state-regulated conservation measures to preserve habitat and protect Oregon’s sage-grouse population from threats on public and private land. SageCon and the Action Plan were part of a broader multi-state effort that led to a US Fish and Wildlife Service finding that the sage-grouse no longer warrants listing as an endangered species under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Oregon Consensus and its sister program, Oregon Solutions, continue to provide project management and facilitation services for the group as the work moves toward implementation of the Action Plan and continued coordination with federal partners.

By addressing identified threats to sage-grouse habitat in partnership with agencies, conservation groups, ranchers, farmers, and emerging industries, such as mining and renewable energy, SageCon will protect the sage-grouse species, while also supporting community sustainability in central and eastern Oregon. For more information about SageCon, see the Oregon Solutions website.

New Research Report – Advancing Collaborative Solutions: Lessons from the Oregon Sage-Grouse Conservation Partnership (SageCon)

A new report from NPCC and PSU’s Hatfield School of Government, Advancing Collaborative Solutions: Lessons from the Oregon Sage-Grouse Conservation Partnership (SageCon), explores lessons learned from SageCon about how to conduct collaborative conservation efforts at the landscape scale in a politically dynamic climate. A premise of this work is that collaborative processes that effectively integrate multiple perspectives and interests can be more effective in addressing complex issues and can result in more durable outcomes. These lessons may be helpful in addressing other complex sustainability-related challenges.

The research team interviewed seventeen SageCon participants to explore participant motivation, collaborative process design, integration of science, and more. Research funding was provided by the Institute for Sustainable Solutions and the Hatfield Public Service Grant Program at PSU. For more information about the study, contact Turner Odell, Senior Project Manager for NPCC’s Oregon Consensus at 503-725-8200 or todell@pdx.edu.

Read the full report (PDF) – Advancing Collaborative Solutions: Lessons from the Oregon Sage-Grouse Conservation Partnership