It took an unprecedented effort by numerous partners to implement conservation efforts for the greater sage-grouse and ultimately preclude the Service’s need to list this species under the Endangered Species Act. That effort continues as the Service and our partners continue our work to conserve the larger sagebrush landscape, and with it, a uniquely American way of life.
Building upon our 2015 not warranted finding for greater sage-grouse, we’re working with landowners, state, federal and Tribal governments, industry and a host of other partners to conserve a healthy sagebrush landscape working for people and for wildlife.
A thriving sagebrush community provides clean water, food and fiber for people and animals across America. The sagebrush also generates energy to power our homes and cars. Strategic, balanced use of the natural resources found here can help us maintain healthy wildlife populations and a strong American economy.
U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Projects and Plans
The sagebrush ecosystem unites three administrative regions of the Service (1, 6 and 8) and spans all Service programs. The breadth of this work requires both short- and long-term organizational tools for the Service and to help our external partners better understand and coordinate with our organization and operation.
Integrated Operations Plan for the Conservation of the Sagebrush Ecosystem and the Greater Sage-Grouse
This plan summarizes our existing field and regional staffing and resources, identifies the most important actions for Service staff to undertake while also noting key vacancies, and creates “Resource Teams” with specific duties, membership, and leadership identified to ensure efficiency, accountability, and success. Download the Executive Summary (PDF)
Cross-Regional Memorandum of Understanding
Achieving our conservation vision will require close coordination among and between the Mountain-Prairie, Pacific and Pacific Southwest Regional Directors and their respective offices, the Sagebrush Leadership Team and their respective field resources. This memo outlines those agreements.
Sagebrush Communications Team
Successful communication about the sagebrush ecosystem will require an unprecedented level of active participation from a diverse set of public and private partners. This team will share information among partners and collaborators, drawing in and engaging new partners, and informing key stakeholders and decision makers about progress and future needs. Download the draft team charter.