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USFWS Announces that Greater Sage Grouse Will Not Need Protection

Posted By Darrell Smith, Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that conservation efforts by multiple stakeholders have resulted in a huge success that will not require the Greater Sage Grouse to be protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The FWS stated that "an unprecedented, landscape-scale conservation effort across the western United States has significantly reduced threats to the greater sage-grouse across 90 percent of the species’ breeding habitat and enabled the FWS to conclude that the charismatic rangeland bird does not warrant protection...This collaborative, science-based greater sage-grouse strategy is the largest land conservation effort in U.S. history."

IMA-NA and its members are pleased with this outcome, and applauds the decision made by FWS.

To read the FWS press release, click here.

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