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.