Sagebrush in Prisons Project

Sagebrush in Prisons Project is part of the Sustainability in Prisons Project. It is an environmental partnership between the Institute for Applied Ecology, Department of Corrections, and the Bureau of Land Management to provide unique and meaningful ecological activities to incarcerated men and women with the goal of restoring native habitat for the greater sage-grouse in the great basin region through a six state plant production and ecological education initiative.

For 2016, we coordinated with seven states in the great basin region to grow over 390,000 sagebrush and other sage steppe plants important to the region.

For 2017, we coordinated with eight western states to grow over 390,000 sagebrush and other sage steppe plants important to the region.

For 2018, the project planted its one-millionth sagebrush seedling in Idaho. Also, for her tireless work for the Sagebrush in Prisons project, Stacy Moore, Ecological Education Program Director, has been named a 2018 Difference Maker 100 by TIAA, a leading provider of financial services nationwide. Moore was selected from among more than 4,000 entries. Read More

Click here to view news coverage on the Sagebrush Project around the western Great Basin states.

View our Sagebrush Project protocols and program outline: "Working With Correctional Facilities to Produce Sagebrush for Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation"

Fig. 1 (below)- Current distribution of Greater Sage-Grouse with locations of state and federal correctional facilities. Greater Sage-Grouse distribution data from USGS.

View each state's involvement by clicking on the state-labeled circles below.

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Sustainability in Prisons Project

IAE is a leading partner of the Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP), working to bring science and nature education opportunities into prisons.  We work closely with Department of Corrections, Bureau of Land Management, and other partners to provide unique and meaningful activities to incarcerated men and women with the goal of helping our natural environment.

Oregon Sustainability in Prisons Projects

Coffee Creek Correctional Facility

  • A select group of women inmates from CCCF grew nearly 34,000 viola adunca in 2014 as part of a project to help the threatened silverspot butterfly.
  • Thousands of the plants were outplanted at Nestucca Bay Wildlife Refuge on the Oregon coast to provide food and nectar for the silverspot larva and adults in the area.
  • Many of the plants were kept at the prison where inmates harvested leaves during a 12-week period to feed silverspot larva being raised at the Oregon Zoo.
  • Oregon Department of Corrections sustainability coordinator Chad Naugle believes this program is a “win-win,” situation for inmates, the community and the environment,“There is huge interest on the inside” to get these work assignments.
  • Partners in the project include Oregon Department of Corrections, Institute for applied Ecology, Oregon Zoo, and Audubon Society of Portland.

Oregon State Correctional Facility
more info coming soon 

Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility
more info coming soon