Sage Grouse Initiative

Tim provides leadership and resources to conserve sage grouse populations and to sustain healthy rangelands and rural ways of life that support them. As the national coordinator of SGI since 2010, Tim recently accepted a new position* within NRCS as the Western Lead for Working Lands for Wildlife. In this new role, Tim will continue to provide vision and leadership for SGI, and will also help bolster the capacity of conservation efforts for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken and the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher. He grew up in Klamath Basin in southern Oregon, obtained his degree in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University, and has spent his entire career working to achieve fish and wildlife conservation through sustainable agriculture and to reduce regulatory burdens associated with the Endangered Species Act. In 2011, Tim received the Secretary of Agriculture Honor Award for his work on the agency’s major sage grouse conservation initiative.

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Tim Griffiths
West Regional Coordinator
10 East Babcock Street
Room 443
Bozeman, Montana  59715
Phone: (406) 600-3908


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7 Introductory articles were found for Sage Grouse Initiative

Establishing Conservation Easements


Ranchers & Sage Grouse Find the Elbow Room They Need to Make A Living

Why are record-breaking numbers of ranchers signing up for conservation easements in high-abundance sage grouse areas? Rangewide, a quarter-million acres will remain as working ranches without threat of subdivision.



Frequently Asked Questions About Marking Fences to Prevent Sage Grouse Collisions



Grazed Rangelands Produce Sage Grouse Chicks’ Preferred Food


This study comparing insect communities in grazed, rested, and idled pastures in Montana found that the types of insects that provide a critical food source for sage grouse chicks and other shrub- and grassland-dependent birds were 13 percent more prevalent on managed versus idled rangelands.  Studies show that grazing strategies that incorporate variation in grazing intensity, such as rest-rotation grazing that defers grazing certain pastures for a year or so, may be an effective tool for maintaining arthropod biodiversity on managed rangelands.

Research shows that 50 to 60 percent of the diet of one- to four-week-old sage grouse chicks is composed of insects such as beetles, ants, and caterpillars. Predatory spiders— which researchers found in abundance in idle, ungrazed pastures — eat the bugs that sage grouse need to survive and thrive.


Middle Ground Found On The Range


Grazing access to public lands important for sustainable ranching 

New research reveals a clear link between the economic health of ranches and their ability to maintain habitat for iconic wildlife. “When you change something on public lands, it influences private lands and vice versa,” says Dr. Naugle, SGI Science Advisor.  Read More


Restoring wide-open sagebrush habitat in southern Oregon benefits birds and ranchers

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In Oregon, a long-term study of sage grouse and conifer removal showed that grouse population growth rates increased 12% following conifer removal. This before and after photograph demonstrates just how much conifer encroachment existed on the site prior to removal. 


Science to Solutions - Private Lands Vital to Conserving Wet Areas for Sage Grouse Summer Habitat


A recent groundbreaking study reveals a strong link between sites, which are essential summer habitat for sage grouse to raise their broods, and the distribution of sage grouse breeding areas or leks. More than 80% of these habitats are located on private lands.


Science to Solutions - Sagebrush Songbirds Under the Sage Grouse Umbrella


Researchers examined whether benefits from sage grouse conservation extend to three species of sagebrush songbirds: Brewer's sparrow, sagebrush sparrow and sage thrasher.