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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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California: National Public Lands Day Volunteers Apply Tangible Sage Grouse Conservation Actions in the Bodie Hills

October 6, 2014

Sage grouse and historic buildings both benefit from dual volunteer activities- report on National Public Lands Day from SGI Partner Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership.

Sage Grouse Champions: Bi-State Local Area Working Group

July 21, 2014

“The Bi-State Local Area Working Group has provided the foundation upon which effective long-term sage grouse conservation can build,” said Tony Wasley, director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife, and co-chair of the Executive Oversight Committee for Bi-State sage grouse.

USDA Announces Landmark Commitment to Improve Bi-State Sage Grouse Habitat: Nevada-California Ranchers to Benefit

June 20, 2014

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced USDA’s landmark agreement to accelerate and focus conservation efforts benefitting ranchers and the Bi-State population of sage grouse straddling the Nevada/California border. USDA will provide up to $25.5 million of conservation investments as part of its contribution to delivering the federal, state and local 2012 Bi-State Action Plan. USDA’s […]

Bi-State Sage Grouse News: Three Federal Agencies, Public Come Together on Fence Marker Project to Prevent Sage Grouse Mortalities

February 11, 2014

The Bureau of Land Management’s Bishop Field Office, the U.S. Forest Service’s Bridgeport District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Minden Field Office recently coordinated the marking of approximately 16 miles of fence to prevent sage-grouse mortalities or injuries.

Breaking News: Bi-State Sage Grouse Comment Period Extended 45 days

December 19, 2013

RENO, Nev. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the extension of the public comment period for 45 days on the proposal to protect the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of greater sage-grouse along the California-Nevada border as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).