Leks—Least important habitat type. Nesting—Most important habitat type. Brood rearing—Defined by insect abundance. Fall—Less important habitat, cover from predators, switch to berries... Winter—Fruit bearing shrubs and aspens.
Different goals than general CRP Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse(CSTG) primarily Limited acres Focused eligibility
1,250,000 total acres 36 states plus Puerto Rico Leading states by allocation acres: Idaho—131,100, 2 programs CSTG--106,100 Upland Gamebird—25,000 Texas—125,200, 3 programs Washington—100,100, 5 programs South Dakota—97,800, 3 programs Kansas—97,000, 2 programs Iowa—93,350, 4 programs Nebraska—81,900, 2 programs Colorado—52,050, 4 programs Minnesota—48,700 1 program Ohio—42,600, 7 programs Douglass Co. WA—50,087 Bailey Co. TX—44,492 Power Co. ID—41,833
CSTG management plan Private Land funds for officer time Landowner search requests Shoshone-Bannock Tribes MOU
Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse Occupied leks 2008, 121 2012, 491 Wyoming Utah “there are leks on my land, but you will never know where” “When are you coming out to find the leks on my land.”
~20,000 acres available for SE Idaho. General CRP reductions in current Farm Bill. Fewer acres with diversity vs. more acres near monocultures Brewer’s Sparrow vs. Savannah Sparrow Wintering raptors Monitoring Acres SAFE68,279.9 Active CRP154,917.2 Expiring CRP, 2014-201761,533.0 Cropland529,582.6 Ineligible for SAFE468,388.7 Total1,282,701.4 Land use within 1.2 mile buffers of CSTG leks.