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Bi-State Sage Grouse

In April 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its decision to withdraw the proposal to list the Bi-State population of greater sage-grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, based on the success of voluntary conservation efforts to recover this species and its habitat.  This decision proves that diverse partners committed to a shared vision works to achieve wildlife conservation.

On the California-Nevada state line, a geographically distinct population of sage grouse once faced a precarious future.  Today, that’s changed, thanks in large part to the an unprecedented partnership effort by the Bi-State Local Area Working Group. The Sage Grouse Initiative is proud to be a partner in the proactive conservation efforts and to support sustainable ranching practices that give this important bird species a brighter future.

DOWNLOAD THE NEW BI-STATE FACT SHEET.

WATCH THIS NEW VIDEO ON THE BI-STATE SUCCESS STORY.

READ THE USDA BLOG FROM UNDERSECRETARY ROBERT BONNIE.

SEE THE FEDERAL REGISTER WITHDRAWING THE PROPOSED RULE TO LIST THE BI-STATE POPULATION.

VIEW THE PRESS RELEASE FROM THE DEPT. OF INTERIOR.

DOWNLOAD THE BI-STATE LOCAL WORKING GROUP “FEATURED FRIEND” PDF. (ONE PAGE)

LEARN MORE about Bi-State conservation efforts by reading the stories below:

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Eastern Sierra Land Trust - ranchers and cattle in the sun$8 Million Fund Created to Improve Water Quality and Conserve Greater Sage-Grouse in the Eastern Sierra

January 20, 2017

Both the Bi-State population of greater sage-grouse and agricultural ranchlands will benefit from a just-announced $8 million USDA investment in California and Nevada.

Plans To Save Bi-State Sage Grouse in Nevada Gain Momentum

April 12, 2016

By Sean Whaley | “We’re ‘all in’ to make a difference for this bird over the long term,” said Thad Heater, Sage Grouse Initiative’s national coordinator, in this recent Las Vegas Review-Journal article.

Sage Grouse Conservation Leaders Recognized in California & Nevada

September 1, 2015

This month, SGI and SWAT staff gathered together on the California-Nevada border to share notes, and learn from the unprecedented conservation efforts centered around the Bi-State distinct population of Greater sage-grouse. The highlight of the meeting was an award ceremony that recognized cooperative conservation leaders in the region.

Bay Nature Article: “What People Talk About When They Talk About Sage Grouse”

April 24, 2015

Bay Nature Magazine featured an excellent story by Eric Simons on the Bi-State sage grouse, its habitat, and how it is reshaping conservation in the U.S. SGI is proud to be involved in the unprecedented partnership working to conserve the distinct population of sage grouse in California and Nevada.

Unprecedented Conservation Partnership Keeps Bi-State Sage Grouse Off Endangered Species List

April 21, 2015

On the California-Nevada state line, a geographically distinct population of sage grouse once faced a precarious future. Today, that’s changed. The decision by the USFWS that the Bi-State sage grouse no longer needs protection under the Endangered Species Act proves that diverse partners committed to a shared vision works to achieve wildlife conservation.

April 1st E-News: Bi-State Birds Flying High

April 1, 2015

Read SGI’s E-News from April 1, 2015, featuring Bi-State press, jobs, the new report on mule deer, and a recent field tour in Oregon.

Nevada Ranchers Take Proactive Measures in Bi-State as Listing Date Approaches: Reno Gazette Journal article

March 30, 2015

The Natural Resources Conservation Service-led Sage Grouse Initiative is part of a major proactive conservation effort, providing pinyon-juniper removal funding to help the Fulstone ranching family featured in this Reno Gazette Journal story.

juniper removal helps sage grouse in the western U.S.Pinyon-Juniper Forum Played Key Role for Future of Bi-State Sage Grouse

March 26, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to announce its final decision in April on whether the Bi-State population of sage grouse will be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The Sage Grouse Initiative is working on multiple proactive conservation projects with partners and landowners to restore habitat and improve the Bi-State sage-grouse.