Beneficial Grazing Management Practices for Sage–Grouse

Alberta Sustainable Resource Development

Type Government Publication
Organization Alberta Sustainable Resource Development
Country Canada
Region Alberta
Language English
Reference Adams, B.W., J. Carlson, D. Milner, T. Hood, B. Cairns and P. Herzog.  2004.  Beneficial grazing management practices for Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) and ecology of silver sagebrush (Artemisia cana) in southeastern Alberta.  Technical Report, Public Lands and Forests Division, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.
Date modified May 2013

The Range Management Branch of Alberta Sustainable Resource Development created this document in order to provide land managers with grazing management practices that will enhance Sage-Grouse habitat on their land.

The document addresses the conservation of Sage-Grouse habitat in Southern Alberta, specifically areas containing silver sagebrush, as critical for the life stages and wintering needs of Sage-Grouse. The document suggests the most important beneficial management decision is the correct application of stocking rates as Sage-Grouse depend on a certain amount of biomass for forage and protection against predation. The biomass that remains after grazing is a result of the stocking rate so correctly managing stocking rates will largely ensure adequate habitat and food for Sage-Grouse.

The document also encourages practices that enhance grassland habitat such as sagebrush cover. Practices and conditions that are detrimental to Sage-Grouse such as overgrazing, drought and large scale burning events are also highlighted.