April 24, Annual Banquet

Utah’s Sage-grouse and Their Conservation:
The Science Behind the Utah Plan
Dr. Terry Messmer, Director
Utah Community-based Conservation Program
Utah State University

Riverwoods Conference Center
April 24
Social Hour 6:00 pm
Dinner 6:45 pm

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Utah’s Sage-grouse and Their Conservation:
The Science behind the Utah Plan

Terry A. Messmer, Director
Utah Community-based Conservation Program
Utah State University, Logan, Utah

Utah is home to two species of sage-grouse (Centrocercus spp). The smaller species, Gunnison sage-grouse (C. minimus) largely inhabits private lands located in San Juan County west of Monticello. The greater sage-grouse (C. urophasianus) inhabits sagebrush habitats throughout the state. Both species depend on sagebrush habitats for food and cover. Gunnison and greater sage-grouse have been identified by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as candidates for protection under the Endangered Species Act because of population declines attributed to habitat lose and fragmentation. Utah’s Conservation Plan for Greater Sage-grouse (Plan) was designed to protect high-quality habitat, enhance and restore converted habitats to support greater sage-grouse. The Plan builds upon state, federal, community-based local working group (LWG), and university-led research efforts to learn more about the species ecology to guide the development and implementation of voluntary community efforts to protect sage-grouse and their habitats. The research has contributed to the growing body of knowledge about sage-grouse in Utah. In this presentation, we will review the status and management of sage-grouse in Utah, examine the unique biology of both species and their habitat-use patterns, and review the ecological mechanisms that ultimately will constitute the basis for its long-term conservation.

Terry A. Messmer is a Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist in the Department of Wildland Resources, Utah State University. Logan. He also is the Director of the Jack H. Berryman Institute, holds the Quinney Professorship of Wildlife Conflict Management in the College of Natural Resources, and is the director of the Utah Community-Based Conservation Program at Utah State University. He received B.S. degrees in Fisheries and Wildlife Management and in Biology from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks; M.S. degrees in Natural Resource Management/Botany and in Regional and Community Planning; and a Ph.D. in Animal and Range Science from North Dakota State University, Fargo. His research, teaching, and extension activities include identification, implementation, and evaluation of conservation strategies, technologies, and partnerships that can benefit agriculture, wildlife, and resource stakeholders. He is particularly interested in the reevaluation of contemporary fisheries and wildlife management policies and paradigms regarding the contributions private lands to natural resource conservation, wildlife and livestock interactions, and the abatement of human-wildlife conflicts. As CBCP director he, his staff, and graduate students work closely with Utah’s sage-grouse local working groups to identify implement, and evaluate the effects of management actions on sage-grouse conservation. He has served as the major professor for over 25 graduate students (5 Ph.D. and 20 MS) studying sage-grouse ecology in Utah. He is a member of the Utah Governors Greater Sage-grouse Task Force where he serves as the scientific advisor. He is the past Editor-in-chief of The Wildlife Society Bulletin, and a currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Wildlife Management and the Wildlife Society Bulletin.