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Master of Environmental Science and Management: Master's Group Project

Feasibility Analysis of Conservation Banking for the Greater Sage-Grouse in Montana

Sage grouse bird in grass field

Group Members: Bradley Bowers, DJ Macaskill, Jeff Cedarbaum, Katie Day

Faculty Advisors: Gary Libecap

Client: American Prairie Reserve


Final Report


The greater sage-grouse is a native bird found in the western United States and southwest Canada, whose survival is at risk from habitat destruction, modification, and fragmentation. To prevent further threats to this species’ persistence and ensure the economic integrity of Montana, we analyze the ability of a conservation bank to be a platform where ranchers, developers and conservation organizations can come together to protect this iconic species.

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