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USU Extension Awarded Grant from Yamaha for Sage-Grouse Conservation

Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

Utah State University Extension’s Utah Community-based Conservation Program (CBCP) was recently awarded a $12,500 grant and two ATVs from the Yamaha Motor Corporation. The grant will support field research designed to balance recreation on public lands with sage-grouse conservation, and was awarded as part of Yamaha’s Outdoor Access Initiative to promote safe, responsible off-road vehicle riding and open, sustainable riding areas. USU Extension CBCP and the Yamaha Motor Corporation, along with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Utah Public Land Policy Coordination Office, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Cache Honda Yamaha, of Logan, Utah, partnered to create The Sheeprock Sage-grouse Management Area Sage-grouse Conservation Initiative. ... “The work USU Extension is doing is a great example of institutions and agencies coming together to find ways to create and protect access to public land for all types of recreation,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS marketing manager. ... Terry Messmer, USU Extension wildlife specialist and CBCP director said that innovative partnerships are the future of wildlife management and conservation. ... Through partnerships like this, Messmer said USU Extension has a long history of serving the citizens of Utah and the West by providing the best information on the management of western lands.

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