Outcomes in Conservation: Sage Grouse Initiative
By: Natural Resources Conservation Service/USDA
In 2010, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) designated the greater sage-grouse a Candidate species for protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In 2015, FWS will decide whether to list the species under the ESA. This report provides FWS with the first-ever comprehensive evaluation of the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) and its contributions to threat reduction for sagegrouse and enhanced ecosystem function on private lands. The report’s findings seek to answer two fundamental questions: What has changed since 2010 when sage-grouse was designated as a Candidate for listing, and with what certainty will conservation efforts continue beyond 2015.
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