A majority of voters in western states want to see sage-grouse, the Sagebrush Sea and all its inhabitants protected.
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Unfortunately, and although the Wyoming plan has its merits, key components of the strategy are not in accord with the best available science on sage-grouse and are unlikely to protect sage-grouse from ongoing threats, particularly oil and gas drilling. “In fact, federal agencies and other states should avoid adopting the Wyoming strategy if their goal is to conserve sage-grouse,” says Defenders’ sage-grouse expert, Mark Salvo.
When it comes to conservation in the Sagebrush Sea, it’s not just greater-sage grouse that are in trouble; more than 350 other species in this disappearing ecosystem are of conservation concern.
Sage-grouse are by no means the only creatures that make their home in the Sagebrush Sea, but they are some of the most important. Protecting these iconic western birds can mean providing benefits for many other species in these grassland ecosystems.
Sage grouse have a long history in our western landscapes and cultures, but today they’re quickly losing the struggle to hold out against human activity.