Photo: Gerrit Vyn
In 2015, the Department of the Interior finalized landmark conservation plans to protect the Greater Sage-Grouse while preventing the need for an Endangered Species Act listing. The decision plotted a new, brighter future—not only for the sage-grouse, but for the American West. It was the result of significant levels of collaboration at an unprecedented scale. Audubon, with its sound science-based planning and steadfast work with a wide range of stakeholders, had been a major part of this remarkable achievement. Now, the current administration under Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has begun a process that could dismantle these historic conservation efforts.
After more than a decade of work, the collaborative approach to protecting the bird pays off.
Photo: Michael Forsberg
Some threatened species may never earn "endangered" status. Here's why that may be a good thing.
Photo: Credit: Joel Sartore
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