The Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI), led by the USDA-NRCS, is a partnership-based, science-driven effort that uses voluntary incentives to proactively conserve America’s western rangelands, wildlife, and rural way of life. This initiative is part of the NRCS’s Working Lands For Wildlife effort. Since 2010, SGI has partnered with more than 2,100 ranchers to conserve more than eight million acres of sagebrush. To help sage grouse, ranchers actively manage for healthy, abundant native plant communities. In turn, these management practices provide better feed for livestock while improving the soil below their hooves.
This design is inspired by work done by SGI. It features native sage-steppe flora as well as the invasive and highly destructive cheatgrass, whose roots do not keep the soil in place like the native species’, leading to increased soil erosion.
The fabric is a blend of 60% combed cotton and 40% polyester that is soft out-of-the-box with ideal stretch for maximum comfort and fit. Printing uses a water-based technique generating a design that is soft and pliable after one wash with no cracking over time and minimal environmental impact compared to typical petroleum-based printing processes.