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Greater Sage-GrouseEcology and Conservation of a Landscape Species and Its Habitats$
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Steven Knick

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520267114

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520267114.001.0001

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Greater Sage-Grouse and Sagebrush: an Introduction to the Landscape

Greater Sage-Grouse and Sagebrush: an Introduction to the Landscape

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(p.xviii) (p.1) Greater Sage-Grouse and Sagebrush: an Introduction to the Landscape
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Greater Sage-Grouse
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Steven T. Knick

John W. Connelly

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520267114.003.0001

The Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) is often called an icon of the West because the species has become the symbol for conserving sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) ecosystems, one of the most difficult environmental challenges in North America. Sage-grouse have undergone long-term population declines and now are absent from almost half of their estimated distribution prior to Euro-American settlement. Proximate reasons for population declines differ across the sage-grouse distribution, but ultimately, the underlying cause is loss of suitable sagebrush habitat. Conserving and managing Greater Sage-Grouse is as much about the ecology of the bird as it is about understanding the dynamics of sagebrush ecosystems. This book presents a multifaceted view of the ecology of Greater Sage-Grouse and sagebrush from wildlife biologists, landscape ecologists, and shrubland biologists. It describes the Sage-Grouse Conservation Area that was delineated from the estimated presettlement distribution of sage-grouse.

Keywords:   Centrocercus urophasianus, Greater Sage-Grouse, sagebrush ecosystems, Artemisia, distribution, ecology, conservation, population declines

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