Exploring Adaptive Management for Greater Sage-Grouse in the Northeastern Part of Its Range in the Face of Climate Change

Timeframe: 
2012 to 2013

Working with the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, the IoE is participating in a collaboration among several state and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations interested in the management of Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) in a 5,000,000+ acre landscape of Northern Montana.  The first step was travelling the state and conducting personal interviews with field biologists and managers to assess what management actions they are making.  Using this information, we conducted an on-line survey to further identify those actions and how they are made.  Finally, almost 40 managers and scientists met to discuss whether an adaptive management approach might be useful to gain an understanding of the interaction among habitats and management actions and how this will be affected by annual weather and climate patterns.  A conceptual model of how these factors affect the life cycle of grouse has been drafted, and we are gathering comments on it.  The intent is for that to be used as an ecological response model for assessing the effects of possible climate change scenarios.  Future work will entail: (1) further delineation of management actions and the social networks associated with them, (2) building and evaluating a working model using rapid prototype methods, (3) conducting futures analyses of associated landscapes, (4) continuing to foster collaborative effort, and (5)working one-on-one with managers to evaluate model and adaptive management applicability using such tools as LCMAP (Landscape Conservation Management and Analysis Portal).

This project is supported by the DOI North Central Climate Science Center.  There is additional information at the NC CSC University Consortium website.

Partners

MSU IoE Office

Montana State University
605 Leon Johnson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717
(406) 994-2374
MSU Director: Cathy Whitlock

UM IoE Office

The Universityi of Montana

The University of Montana
Davidson Honors College
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-4848
UM Director: Ric Hauer

Montana EPSCoR

Program Director:  Ray Callaway
Project Administrator: Todd Kipfer
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-2617

Montana University System

Montana University System

Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
2500 Broadway Street
Helena, MT 59620
406-444-6570