| Why it is a Conservation Priority
Protecting this land ensures the ecological viability of the area by managing and maintaining the open space as a natural area. The land supports Mountain big sagebrush, basin big sagebrush, and rabbitbrush creating a sagebrush steppe habitat for a variety of wildlife. The preserve is winter habitat for elk and mule deer, and a few lynx and wolverine have been found near the area. The Blue Grouse preserve is a good example of how a subdivision can balance growth with wildlife habitat protection.
What To Do And See:
Currently the preserve does not promote or prohibit public use. There are no established trails but the land provides a spectacular view of natural sagebrush steppe habitat.
Visiting Blue Grouse:
To reach Blue Grouse Preserve, turn east from Hwy 75 onto Ohio Gulch Rd and continue 0.5 mile.
Restoration & Education Goals:
There has been no educational programs on the preserve in the past, but due to its accessibility educational uses could occur in the future. At the moment the land is being preserved through noxious weed management. There are currently no plans to enhance or restore habitat on this preserve.
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