USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced a four-year strategy to invest more that $200 million in greater sage-grouse conservation efforts. According to USDA, the strategy, known as Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0, will build on successful public and private conservation efforts to improve sage-grouse habitat. The new plan will provide additional assistance for ranchers to make conservation improvements to their land, which provide mutual benefits for the grouse and for cattle operations. Farmers and ranchers earn conservation credits for these activities, which they can sell to industry to compensate for development, such as roads, transmission lines and other infrastructure that impact species and habitat. You can find out more about the habitat exchange program by clicking here.