Utah State University Extension
This fact sheet describes the value of sagebrush to ranchers. Big sagebrush is beneficial to grasses and forbs growing under its canopy by supplying them water, nutrients,organic matter and protection from overgrazing. It provides food and cover for a number of birds, reptiles, small mammals and beneficial insects. It can provide winter forage for both wildlife and livestock. Lastly, it is an important plant for revegetation efforts in the West.
Burritt, Beth; Monaco, Thomas; and Thacker, Eric, "Should Ranchers Value Sagebrush? Why We Need Sagebrush" (2014). All Current Publications. Paper 794.