Wyoming Sagebrush

Uses Forage/Wildlife

Photo of Wyoming Big Sagebrush

Basin big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata ssp. tridentata). Photo courtesy of the PLANTS database.

Big sagebrush is perhaps the most important shrubs in the Eastern Washington shrub-steppe. Evergreen leaves and abundant seed production provide an excellent winter food source to numerous species of large mammals including mule deer, black-tailed deer, white-tailed deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep and jack rabbits. Nearly 100 bird species depend on sagebrush ecosystems for their habitat needs. Additionally, there are several animal species having an obligate relationship with big sagebrush including sage grouse, sharp tailed grouse, pygmy rabbits, sage thrashers, sage sparrows and Brewer’s sparrow. Sagebrush also provide habitat and food for hosts of invertebrates which in turn support birds, reptiles and small mammals. In addition to the numerous species of animals that depend on sagebrush for food and cover, there are several plant species having close relationships with sagebrush as well.

Conservation Status

Not of concern. However, Big sagebrush has less than 40% of original habitat area remaining.

Information sourced from United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. To learn more, click to view their full PDF.