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Date: 4/23/2015

Title: Interior Secretary Announces the Bistate Sage Grouse Population will not be Listed

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced this week the decision to not list the BiState greater sage grouse population under the Endangered Species Act, a decision PLC and NCBA applaud.

In the statement released by the Department of Interior, USDA Under Secretary Robert Bonnie applauded the efforts of ranchers and local governments for their work to conserve sage grouse habitat.

“Together, we’ve worked with ranchers, conservation groups, local governments in Nevada and California to take proactive steps to restore and enhance sage-grouse habitat while also helping them improve their ranching operations,” Bonnie said. “The decision to not list the bi-state sage-grouse proves this work has paid off.”

The Bi-State Distinct Population Segment covers the California-Nevada border, where biologists estimate that between 2,500 and 9,000 of these ground-dwelling birds inhabit about 4.5 million acres of high-desert sagebrush. With a listing decision for the greater sage grouse quickly approaching, we hope Secretary Jewell will take them same consideration for the broader species, recognizing the extensive effort ranchers make to ensure the viability of the land and conservation of wildlife habitat. The greater sage grouse’s habitat spans across 11 western states and encompasses 186 million acres of both federal and private land.