Mark Salvo

Senior Director of Landscape Conservation
A recognized expert on sage-grouse and the Sagebrush Sea, Mark leads Defenders’ efforts to conserve this focal species and focal landscape. He also works with partners and diverse constituencies to improve federal public lands management through policy reforms, Congressional direction, annual appropriations and litigation.

Posts By: Mark Salvo

Birds at Chincoteague NWR, © Steve Hillebrand/USFWS

Celebrate Your Public Lands! »

This Saturday, September 26, is National Public Lands Day. This day of celebration invites Americans to enjoy the lands that belong to them, and even volunteer in projects to enhance public lands and resources.

Sage-grouse, © Jean Bjerke

Sage-Grouse Merchants of Doubt »

State and federal agencies are working to create science-based plans to protect an iconic bird and the landscape on which it depends. But at the same time, industries are working to discredit scientists and their work.

Sage-Grouse on Lek, © Diana LeVasseur

Sage-Grouse in the Crosshairs »

This month, legislation was introduced in the House and the Senate, euphemistically named “Sage Grouse Protection and Conservation Act,” that would muck up the listing process for sage-grouse by allowing states to bar the federal government from even considering the species for protection for at least 10 years.