Owyhee Cattlemen's Association & Idaho Cattle Association’s comments on the FWS 90-day Finding for Petitions to List the Greater Sage Grouse as Threatened or Endangered (July 2004) examines the historical populations of Sage Grouse and points out that many of the original report's figures on population numbers from the 1800’s are misrepresented and based on faulty information. The response rebuts the false claim and uses historical record to clarify actual population numbers. Data and information about the census can be found in this document: BlackRockComment-Report.pdf (2.4 MB PDF).
Principles of Obtaining and Interpreting Utilization Data on Southwest Rangelands by the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension (October 2005), details the implementation system for utilization measurement tools and explains some of the variations and pitfalls associated with current utilization measurement tools and methods. Data and information about the census can be found in this document: ArizonaUtilizationDocument.pdf (252k PDF).
The University of Idaho: Stubble Height Study Report (July 2004) is a response by the University of Idaho Stubble Height Review Team to a 2003 USDA Forest Service and USDI Bureau of Land Management agreement with the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho to study the Agencies’ use of stubble height as an indicator of livestock grazing effects within riparian areas and areas associated with fish habitat. The report answers 10 questions, ranging from why and how is stubble height growth data used to what other measures could be used. Data and information about the census can be found in this document: UofIStubble_Height_Report.pdf (856k PDF).
A Review of Bighorn Sheep Articles used for the Payette DSIES by the University of Idaho, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences: Animal and Veterinary Science Department – Caine Veterinary Teaching Center reviews the information found in the Payette National Forest DSEIS, which calls for a separation between bighorn sheep and domestic sheep. The review examines and challenges some of the findings in the DSEIS report that could end some domestic grazing allotments and a reduction in grazing area for others. Data and information about the census can be found in this document: ShortReveiwofBighornSheepReferences.pdf (191k PDF).
The Census of Agriculture is the leading source of facts and figures about American agriculture. Conducted every five years, the Census provides a detailed picture of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It is the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the United States. Data and information about the census can be found at: www.agcensus.usda.gov.
Information is available on the listing process and listed species under the Endangered Species Act on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Web site: www.fws.gov/Endangered/wildlife.html
SAGEMAP - A GIS Database for Sage-grouse and Shrubsteppe Management in the Intermountain West. Found on the Web at : sagemap.wr.usgs.gov/, The Snake River Field Station of the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center developed and now maintains this database of the spatial information needed to address management of sage-grouse and sagebrush steppe habitats in the western United States. This site is a portal for spatial data needed for research and management of sage-grouse and shrubsteppe systems. SAGEMAP is affiliated with the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) Great Basin Information Project.
US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management. The BLM is responsible for managing a large spectrum of natural resource values. More information on how they manage lands for multiple uses, balancing the needs for energy with other competing demands for public lands can be found at: www.blm.gov/wo/st/en.html.
A new report by the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition is now posted on-line at www.wflcweb.org/infomaterials/reports.php. The True Cost of Wildfire in the Western U.S. examines the data from six large wildland fires across the west to explore beyond the costs of suppression to give a more accurate telling of the cost to communities and the environment from large wildland fires.
Backbone Adventure Cycling is found online at www.backboneracing.com. The team blog - Backbone Race Report – can be found at www.backboneracing.blogspot.com.
Rangelands West – Rangelands are vast landscapes that cover more than half of western North America. This website provides information and tools to care for these extensive and diverse lands. rangelandswest.org.
Recreation.gov, at www.recreation.gov has information for planning visits to Federal recreation sites and making campground/tour reservations. Designed to enhance customer satisfaction with recreational experiences on public lands the Web site improves access to recreation-related information generated by the Federal government, streamlines the systems used to manage that information, and increases the sharing of recreation-related information.