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USDA Forest Service Sage-Grouse Conservation Science StrategyAuthor(s): Deborah Finch; Douglas Boyce; Jeanne Chambers; Chris Colt; Clint McCarthy; Stanley Kitchen; Bryce Richardson; Mary Rowland; Mark Rumble; Michael Schwartz; Monica Tomosy; Michael Wisdom
Source: Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 39 p.
Publication Series: Miscellaneous
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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Forest Service Science Bolsters Sagebrush and Sage Grouse Conservation
DescriptionNumerous federal and state agencies, research institutions and stakeholders have undertaken tremendous conservation and research efforts across 11 States in the western United States to reduce threats to Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) and sagebrush (Artemisia spp) habitats. In 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) determined that the Greater Sage-Grouse was warranted for protection under the Endangered Species Act, but that action was precluded by higher priority listing actions. As part of a 2011 court settlement, USFWS agreed to make an initial determination on whether to propose the species for listing by September 30, 2015 fiscal year. The Draft FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill contains a rider that currently prevents USFWS from publishing a proposed listing rule regarding greater sage-grouse, but it does not relieve USFWS of its obligation to determine whether the species still warrants protection under the ESA. Consequently, USFWS is moving forward with a determination by the end of 2015. The Service also found that the bi-state population of Greater Sage-Grouse bordering California and Nevada, considered a distinct population segment (DPS), also warranted protection as a threatened species under ESA (Federal Register 2013).
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CitationFinch, Deborah; Boyce, Douglas; Chambers, Jeanne; Colt, Chris; McCarthy, Clint; Kitchen, Stanley; Richardson, Bryce; Rowland, Mary; Rumble, Mark; Schwartz, Michael; Tomosy, Monica; Wisdom, Michael. 2015. USDA Forest Service Sage-Grouse Conservation Science Strategy. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 39 p.
Keywordsgreater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), sagebrush, Artemisia spp., habitats, conservation
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