Keeping Sage Grouse “Not Listed”
By Toby Trigger
By September 2015, the Obama administration will make a decision on whether to list Greater Sage-Grouse as an endangered or threatened species. This one decision will have dramatic affect land use for 165 Million Acres in the Western United States.
We need your support for common-sense, state-based measures that protect balanced use of our working landscapes, but also conservation of species like Greater Sage-Grouse.
Due to state-based conservation programs that empower diverse interests to proactively solve local challenges, sage-grouse are the beneficiary of the largest watershed rehabilitation program in America. Through incentives and community support, many Western states, industry, private landowners, federal partners and non-governmental organizations are working collaboratively to implement proactive solutions to reach long-term conservation goals for Greater Sage-Grouse.
With over 500,000 sage-grouse across 11 Western states, an endangered species act designation is not only premature, it actually threatens proactive conservation efforts. This is one of the reasons that state-based solutions are not only working for industry, Western economies and jobs, but also for long-term success of Greater Sage-Grouse. Sign the petition urging Congress to support legislation to protect these common-sense, proactive state-based efforts now and in the future. We owe it to ourselves, our communities and our wildlife to allow these proven conservation efforts to continue to work.
Go to http://biggameforever.org/sage-grouse/ to sign the petition!
(article originally published at: http://www.biggameforever.org/