USFWS Proposes to Return Management and Protection of Gray Wolves to State Wildlife Professionals Following Successful Recovery Efforts
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to remove the gray wolf (Canis lupus) from the list of threatened and endangered species. The proposal comes after a comprehensive review confirmed its successful recovery following management actions undertaken by federal, state and local partners following the wolf’s listing under the Endangered Species Act over three decades ago. The USFWS is also proposing to maintain protection and expand recovery efforts for the Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) in the Southwest, where it remains endangered. Read more>
USFWS Identifies Habitat to Support Northern Spotted Owl Recovery
In compliance with an order from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized a science-based proposal identifying lands in the Pacific Northwest that are essential to the survival and recovery of the northern spotted owl.
The final designation, based on the best available science and including feedback from experts, regional stakeholders, land management agencies and public comment, reduces the amount of critical habitat in California, Oregon and Washington that was proposed last February by 4.2 million acres. All private lands and the significant majority of state lands identified in the proposal have been excluded from the final rule. Read more>
Agreement Signed to Conserve Sage-grouse on Grazing Allotments
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association signed a Candidate Conservation Agreement (CCA) as part of ongoing efforts toward Greater Sage-Grouse conservation.
Implementation of this umbrella agreement, officially called the Greater Sage-Grouse Programmatic Candidate Conservation Agreement for Rangeland Management on Bureau of Land Management Lands in Oregon or Programmatic CCA, will occur through individual allotment CCAs. Read more>