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Interior won’t list sage grouse in Nevada and California

First Last
for Tri-State Livestock News

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the population of greater sage grouse in Nevada and California does not require the protection of the Endangered Species Act.

At a ceremony in Reno, Nev., Jewell joined with USDA Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie; Gov. Brian Sandoval, R-Nev; California Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird, and other state and local partners to credit the Bi-State Action Plan with making listing unnecessary.

The plan involved federal state and private partners, including the Agriculture Department, to maintain sage grouse habitat.

The Western Values Project, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, the Mule Deer Foundation and the California Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers praised the decision.

But the Center for Biological Diversity said Fish and Wildlife’s decision “ignores scientific recommendations for reversing the birds’ steep decline and relies on unproven conservation agreements with state and local communities.”

–The Hagstrom Report

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