|Greater sage grouse. Photo by USFWS|
Thanks in large part to the extraordinary efforts of our amazing Service employees, as well as federal, state and private partners, Secretary Sally Jewell today announced one of the greatest conservation success stories in a generation – the long-term protection of the Bi-state population of the greater sage grouse without the need to list the bird under the Endangered Species Act.
Why so significant? As we have been discussing for years in the Service, conservation in the 21st century requires that we look across landscapes – across federal jurisdictions, across land ownership, across state boundaries – if we are to meet our mission responsibilities to conserve imperiled species and their habitat.