Juniper sagebrush and sage grouse
Davies adds with bulk control methods…” fire and cutting both have critical roles in conservation of the sagebrush ecosystem.
Karen Launchbaugh, Is the Director of the University of Idaho's Rangeland Center. There is a program to eliminate junipers from 940 square miles in Owyhee County in southwest Idaho and I chatted with Dr. Launchbaugh about this. "Junipers are crowding out sagebrush imperiling habitat for sage grouse? You are absolutely right and the other thing that Juniper does is that it provides a place for ravens, hawks and eagles to sit. Aerial predators are a problem for sage grouse chicks. So not only, the Juniper is pushing out the sagebrush but it is providing a place for those aerial predators to sit and make lunch out of those little sage chicks.