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1 March 2018 Landscape-Scale Approach to Quantifying Habitat Credits for A Greater Sage-grouse Habitat Conservation Bank
Chad W. LeBeau , M. Dale Strickland , Gregory D. Johnson , Michael S. Frank
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The greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) is experiencing range-wide population declines and was previously classified as a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act. While policies regulating anthropogenic development are important in the conservation of greater sage-grouse, additional programs to conserve and enhance greater sage-grouse habitats are necessary to sustain populations. When impacts to habitat cannot be adequately avoided or minimized, conservation banking is a viable species conservation strategy. A key component to the development and monitoring of a conservation bank is the quantification of conservation value. We estimated seasonal resource selection functions to identify the relative probability of female greater sage-grouse habitat selection as a function of environmental and infrastructure covariates to identify habitat suitability categories and subsequent habitat conservation value across a landscape in central Wyoming to be used in a conservation bank. The methods we employed to develop habitat conservation value, together with the management and monitoring plan, provide a robust framework for accurately quantifying, monitoring, and managing the habitat value and therefore the number of habitat conservation credits for a greater sage-grouse bank.

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Chad W. LeBeau , M. Dale Strickland , Gregory D. Johnson , and Michael S. Frank "Landscape-Scale Approach to Quantifying Habitat Credits for A Greater Sage-grouse Habitat Conservation Bank ," Rangeland Ecology and Management 71(2), 149-158, (1 March 2018). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rama.2017.10.004
Received: 9 September 2016; Accepted: 1 October 2017; Published: 1 March 2018
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conservation bank
greater sage-grouse
habitat bank
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