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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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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.

Rancher Mike Byrne and Bridget Nielsen,USFWS, look for sage grouse together at Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge-- an SGI restoration success story in the making.Livestock Producers Step Up For Sage Grouse

March 3, 2015

California rancher Mike Byrne shares why sage grouse conservation is working in his community in a new Western Livestock Journal that features the latest Sage Grouse Initiative results in 11 western states.

Bi-State Sage Grouse Forum Attracts Full House in Nevada

February 26, 2015

Sage grouse experts representing many stakeholders and partners of the Sage Grouse Initiative converged in Minden, Nevada, yesterday for a high-profile forum aimed at solving a key conservation issue for bi-state sage grouse that straddle the Nevada-California border: the expansion of pinyon and juniper forests into historic sagebrush-steppe.

Sage grouse take flight in east-central California, home to the Bi-state distinct population of the species.Sage Grouse Learning Project for College Students: California

February 14, 2015

The Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership–an SGI partner group–is recruiting college students to perform sage grouse habitat restoration in July 2015 in Mono County, California.

Sage Grouse E News: South Dakota Ranch Success Story, Jobs & Event

January 29, 2015

Sage Grouse E-News for Jan. 29 rounds up a few great highlights from the last two weeks from the Sage Grouse Initiative.

Sage Grouse Initiative Rancher Stories Bring Statistics to Life

December 1, 2014

The Sage Grouse Initiative is wrapping up 2014 with rancher stories that bring life to the statistics of success on the ground.

Masini family Preserves Lush Oasis for Bi-State Sage Grouse in Nevada

November 18, 2014

Bi-State (Nevada/California) sage grouse thrive on Masini Ranch, participants in Sage Grouse Initiative conservation easements and enhancements.

SGI Featured Friend: Bi-State Local Area Working Group

November 5, 2014

A forward-thinking group of people representing ranchers, agencies, conservation groups, private citizens, and universities came together in 2002 to form the Bi-State Local Area Working Group.