Last week, leaders of the four federal agencies dealing most closely with issues surrounding the greater sage-grouse delivered a strong public message: As long as stakeholders continue to work together, we can save this bird and preclude the need for listing.
The message was powerful – not just because it was endorsed by four of our nation’s top thinkers on conservation, but because it was optimistic.
“We have seen what’s possible when we all pull our oars in the same direction,” they wrote.
This is a fundamental turning of the tides in the conversation around sage grouse. Previously, the dialogue has been pointed, with industry interests, agriculture interests and wildlife interests caught in crosshairs. But the discourse has changed, and it’s because the situation on the ground has changed. Read More