Looking to the Future
Wildlife management is enhanced when managers have the ability to understand and predict future changes in habitat and associated effects on species and populations. Sage grouse, is an ideal candidate to evaluate the effects of future conditions based on future habitat scenarios. Quantitative monitoring of habitat trends has been identified as a key requirement to understand and reduce uncertainty about climate change impacts on habitat and associated wildlife species. Development of future habitat scenarios for sage-grouse could allow for application to other species of conservation concern. The ability to have a quick and low-cost approach to quantify future climate risk for local patches of habitat over large areas can help land managers who are often faced with the need to make rapid and complex decisions that balance the needs of wildlife and human use of the land.