|A greater sage-grouse male struts at a lek (dancing or mating ground) to attract a mate. Photo by Jeannie Stafford/USFWS|
Today, I had the privilege of standing with Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, to announce an epic and unprecedented conservation success. One that will shape the landscape of the West, and influence how we think about and approach wildlife conservation in North America, for generations to come.
Over the past five years, the Fish and Wildlife Service and its state wildlife agency counterparts in 11 states came together with a broad coalition of public and private partners and worked tirelessly to address threats to the greater sage-grouse and the "Sagebrush Sea" where it makes its home.
Together, we succeeded to such an extent that this emblem of the western landscape doesn’t require the protections of the Endangered Species Act.