September 22, 2015
Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced on September 22, 2015 that the US Fish and Wildlife Service will not list the greater sage grouse as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. (That is, the conclusion is a listing is "not warranted.")
People who depend upon the sagebrush habitat in northwest Colorado to make a living or recreate there have an obligation to make sure the sage grouse survives and that sagebrush country will be here for future generations. The greater sage grouse habitat is also needed by at least 350 other species, including mule deer and pronghorn. CWF applauds the private landowners, the state and federal partners for working very hard during the past few years to protect these lands to the extent that US Fish and Wildlife Service decided not to list the bird as an endangered species.
Many factors have contributed to decline of the greater sage grouse, including drought, development, and noxious weeds that outcompete native grasses. In the 11 western states that are home to the bird, slightly fewer than 500,000 remain.