A Collaborative Story of Conservation, Anniversary Report for Sage Grouse

Across eleven states and over 173 million acres, U.S. federal and state agencies, private landowners, and partners are coming together to protect the Greater sage-grouse with a conservation approach built on coordination and partnership. This collaboration led to the historic decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in September of 2015 to not list the bird under the Endangered Species Act.

On September 21, 2016 U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper marked the one year anniversary of the historic decision not to list the Greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act by celebrating the ongoing unprecedented collaborative conservation effort to conserve the sagebrush ecosystem with stakeholders at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

In partnership with the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, they also released a report highlighting recent actions to conserve the sagebrush ecosystem, including efforts to minimize further habitat disturbance, restore the health of fire-impacted landscapes, reduce invasive grasses and provide opportunities for landowners and ranchers to invest in conservation actions that benefit the Greater sage-grouse and the success of their own operations.

This 2016 report highlights selected recent accomplishments of federal agencies and partners in conserving the sagebrush ecosystem and the more than 350 species, including the Greater sage-grouse, as well as the human traditions and livelihoods that depend on it. This document also illustrates the IWJV's role in this conservation success story.

Find the full report below and read more about the one-year anniversary of the decision not to list the sage grouse here.