In November 2016, the State of Nevada announced up to $1.2 million in funding through the Sagebrush Ecosystem Program for projects that will enhance and restore high-quality greater sage-grouse habitat on private and public land. The purpose of these funds is two-fold: (1) improve greater sage-grouse habitat, and (2) create a supply of “compensatory mitigation credits” to be used in the Nevada Conservation Credit System.
Letters of Interest were due on January 17th and the Sagebrush Ecosystem Program received 11 Letters of Interest from potential credit developers. The potential credit projects cover over 85,000 acres across five counties. Proposed project actions include: adaptive grazing management, removing conifer, protecting forbs in wet meadows, improving or removing fences for livestock management, and protecting high-quality habitat.
The Sagebrush Ecosystem Technical Team (SETT) is currently conducting eligibility screening for the Letters of Interest. Based on the selection criteria outlined in the Announcement, the SETT will recommend eligible projects for full proposal development to the Sagebrush Ecosystem Council at their meeting March 03, 2017. The Sagebrush Ecosystem Council will approve project awards in April 2017, and projects will begin estimating credits by appyling the HQT and implementing habitat improvements this summer.