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Sagebrush Focal Areas
This map shows the location of each of the seven Sagebrush Focal Areas and the USGS study areas in the Western U.S. From USGS Fact Sheet 2017-3074.

The USGS Mineral Resources Program completed a comprehensive assessment and inventory of potential mineral resources covering approximately10 million acres of federal and adjacent lands in Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Montana. The assessment of these lands, identified as Sagebrush Focal Areas, was done at the request of the Bureau of Land Management. The assessment results may be used to inform the decision-making process by the Department of the Interior in the protection of large areas of contiguous sagebrush habitat for the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianu) in the Western United States. An overview of the study is described in USGS Fact Sheet 2016-3074. The detailed results of this ambitious study are published in the five volumes of USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5089 and seven accompanying data releases.

sagebrush habitat
Sagebrush habitat in Wyoming. Photograph by Anna Wilson, USGS.

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Pie charts and sagebrush focal areas
Map showing high- and moderate-potential areas for locatable minerals within four broad USGS Sagebrush Mineral Resource Assessment study areas. From USGS Fact Sheet 2017-3074.

Fact Sheet

Frank, D.G., Frost, T.P., Day, W.C., and the USGS SaMiRA team, 2016, U.S. Geological Survey mineral-resource assessment of Sagebrush Focal Areas in the Western United States: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3074, 4 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163074.

Reports

Main Report Portal

Day, W.C., Frost, T.P., Hammarstrom, J.M., and Zientek, M.L., eds., 2016, Mineral Resources of the Sagebrush Focal Areas of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5089, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165089.

Individual Chapters

Day, W.C., Hammarstrom, J.M., Zientek, M.L., and Frost, T.P., eds., 2016, Overview with methods and procedures of the U.S. Geological Survey mineral-resource assessment of the Sagebrush Focal Areas of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5089–A, 211 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165089A.

Vikre, P.G., Benson, M.E., Bleiwas, D.I., Colgan, J.P., Cossette, P.M., DeAngelo, J., Dicken, C.L., Drake, R.M., II, du Bray, E.A., Fernette, G.L., Glen, J.M.G., Haacke, J.E., Hall, S.M., Hofstra, A.H., John, D.A., Ludington, S., Mihalasky, M.J., Rytuba, J.J., Shaffer, B.N., Stillings, L.L., Wallis, J.C., Williams, C.F., Yager, D.B., and Zürcher, L., 2016, Geology and mineral resources of the Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Oregon and Nevada), the Southeastern Oregon and North-Central Nevada, and the Southern Idaho and Northern Nevada (and Utah) Sagebrush Focal Areas: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5089–B, 220 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165089B.

Lund, K., Zürcher, L., Hofstra, A.H., Van Gosen, B.S., Benson, M.E., Box, S.E., Anderson, E.D., Bleiwas, D.I., DeAngelo, J., Drake, R.M., II, Fernette, G.L., Giles, S.A., Glen, J.M.G., Haacke, J.E., Horton, J., John, D.M., Robinson, G.R., Jr., Rockwell, B.W., San Juan, C.A., Shaffer, B.N., Smith, S.M., and Williams, C.F., 2016, Geology and mineral resources of the North-Central Idaho Sagebrush Focal Area: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5089–C, 147 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165089C.

Mauk, J.L., Zientek, M.L., Hearn, B.C., Jr., Parks, H.L., Jenkins, M.C., Anderson, E.D., Benson, M.E., Bleiwas, D.I., DeAngelo, J., Denning, P.D., Dicken, C.L., Drake, R.M., II, Fernette, G.L., Folger, H.W., Giles, S.A., Glen, J.M.G., Granitto, M., Haacke, J.E., Horton, J.D., Kelley, K.D., Ober, J.A., Rockwell, B.W., San Juan, C.A., Sangine, E.S., Schweitzer, P.N., Shaffer, B.N., Smith, S.M., Williams, C.F., and Yager, D.B., 2016, Geology and mineral resources of the North-Central Montana Sagebrush Focal Area: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5089–D, 104 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165089D.

Wilson, A.B., Hayes, T.S., Benson, M.E., Yager, D.B., Anderson, E.D., Bleiwas, D.I., DeAngelo, J., Dicken, C.L., Drake, R.M., II, Fernette, G.L., Giles, S.A., Glen, J.M.G., Haacke, J.E., Horton, J.D., Parks, H.L., Rockwell, B.W., and Williams, C.F., 2016, Geology and mineral resources of the Southwestern and South-Central Wyoming Sagebrush Focal Area, Wyoming, and the Bear River Watershed Sagebrush Focal Area, Wyoming and Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5089–E, 128 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165089E.

Data Releases

Dicken, C.L., and San Juan, C.A., 2016, Bureau of Land Management's Land and Mineral Legacy Rehost System (LR2000) mineral use cases for the Sagebrush Mineral-Resource Assessment, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming: U.S. Geological Survey data release, http://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F7RX996K.

Fernette, G.L., Bellora, J.D., Bartels, M. P., Gallegos, S.M., Jordan, J.K., Tureck, K.R., and Chapman, A.L., 2016, USMIN Mineral Resource Data for the U.S. Geological Survey Sagebrush Mineral-Resource Assessment Project: U.S. Geological Survey data release, http://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F7J964GW.

Fernette, G.L., Horton, J.D., King, Zachary, San Juan, C.A., and Schweitzer, P.N., 2016, Prospect- and Mine-Related Features from U.S. Geological Survey 7.5- and 15-Minute Topographic Quadrangle Maps of the Western United States: U.S. Geological Survey data release, http://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F7JD4TWT.

Parks, H.L., Zientek, M.L., Jenkins, M.C., Hennings, C.K., Wallis, J.C., Nguyen, D.M., and Cossette, P.M., 2016, Previous mineral-resource assessment data compilation for the U.S. Geological Survey Sagebrush Mineral-Resource Assessment Project: U.S. Geological Survey data release, http://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F7736P0C.

San Juan, C.A., Horton, J.D., Parks, H.L., Mihalasky, M.J., Anderson, E.D., Benson, Mary Ellen, Box, S.E., Cossette, P.M., Denning, P.D., Giles, S.A., Hall, S.M., Hayes, T.S., Hearn, Jr., C.B., Hofstra, A.H., John, D.A., Ludington, S.D., Lund, Karen, Mauk, J.L., Robinson, G.R., Rockwell, B.W., Rytuba, J.J., Smith, S.M., Stillings, L.L., Van Gosen, B.S., Vikre, P.G., Wallis, John, Wilson, A.B., Zientek, M.L., and Zürcher, Lukas, 2016, Locatable Mineral Assessment Tracts for the U.S. Geological Survey Sagebrush Mineral-Resource Assessment Project: U.S. Geological Survey data release, http://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F7833Q4R.

Previously published USGS information resources used in carrying out the 2016 Sagebrush Mineral Resource Assessment

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sagebrush lands
Sagebrush lands in southwestern Wyoming. Photograph by Anna Wilson, USGS.

Bureau of Land Management

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Contacts

Program Contact

Lawrence Meinert, Mineral Resources Program Coordinator
Phone: 703-648-6100
Email: lmeinert@usgs.gov
Mineral Resources Program

Project Contacts

Warren Day
Phone: 303-236-6484
Email: wday@usgs.gov
Central Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center

Thomas Frost
Phone: 509-368-3103
Email: tfrost@usgs.gov
Geology, Minerals, Energy and Geophysics Science Center

Office of Communications Contact

Anne Berry Wade
Phone: 703-648-4483
Email: abwade@usgs.gov
Office of Communications and Publishing

News Release

USGS Assesses Mineral Potential for Sagebrush Habitats in Six Western States - Release Date: October 4, 2016

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