WAFWA issues call for sagebrush social science research projects

Source: Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has announced a call to prepare and submit proposals for funding social science projects to better understand the human dimensions aspects of managing and conserving the sagebrush ecosystem. Funds will be provided through the Sagebrush Science Initiative, a collaborative effort of WAFWA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management.

Project results will be included in the Sagebrush Conservation Strategy, the development of which is being coordinated by WAFWA, and are expected to inform collaborative, multi-organizational efforts to sustainably manage sagebrush systems. WAFWA has previously released two Requests for Proposals, which subsequently funded nine projects for biological science to inform management of sagebrush-dependent species. This will be the first call for social science research. 

“We recognize that conservation of the sagebrush ecosystem must recognize and provide for human perspectives and needs from this system,” said Tom Remington, WAFWA’s science coordinator. “To be successful, we need to understand the stakeholder’s needs and concerns, their perspectives on potential conservation strategies, and other human dimensions of sagebrush conservation.”

Approximately $200,000 has been earmarked for social science grants, and several are expected to be awarded. The deadline for submitting proposals is Nov. 30, 2017. Proposals will be reviewed and ranked by the Sagebrush Science Initiative Oversight Committee, a group of scientists and managers familiar with sagebrush conservation from federal and state agencies as well as universities. Final selection of project awards will be made by Dec. 29 2017.

Full details are available HERE.

For questions, contact: Tom Remington, 970-221-3310, remingtontom@msn.com



Greater Sage-Grouse, SeedskadeeNWR. Photo: Tom Koerner, USFWS