The Endangered Species Coalition’s mission is to stop the human-caused extinction of our nation’s at-risk species, to protect and restore their habitats, and to guide these fragile populations along the road to recovery. The estimated number of Greater Sage-Grouse in Canada has fallen to an all-time low level. The impacts of energy development often add to the effects of other land uses and development, resulting in marked declines in local sage-grouse populations. Meanwhile, Trump and his corrupt associates at Interior are trying to ram through as many special interests favors as they can before they leave office. ", Trump to Ease Sage Grouse Protections on Western Lands. Healthy sage grouse habitat contributes over one billion dollars in economic activity from outdoor recreation in rural areas. Greater sage-grouse populations are predicted to decline 7 to 19 percent from the effects of oil and gas development in the eastern part of the range, continuing historic population declines range-wide. We want the world to be a better place. The Covid-19 Pandemic Helps Tell the True Story of Thanksgiving. We don't survive on clicks. The Trump administration plans to lessen protections on the bosomy bird to … The U.S. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Every donation—large or small—helps us bring you the news that matters. Sports > Outdoors Wildfires reinforce case for Greater Sage-grouse endangered status. We need you. Sagebrush steppe is home to a surprising abundance of flora and fauna that depend on this complex, fragile ecosystem. Common DreamsP.O. The plans are set to ease drilling and mining rules in greater sage grouse habitat and across several states of pristine public lands. Join the Endangered Species Coalition Activist Network to receive emails with actions that you can take to protect endangered and threatened species. Both the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service list the sage-grouse as a “sensitive … Well known for their spectacular mating dances performed on specific mating grounds called "leks," these large birds are … Common Dreams brings you the news that matters. September 22, 2015: Fish and Wildlife announces the greater sage-grouse does not warrant federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. Greater sage-grouse are adversely affected by energy development and infrastructure, even when mitigative measures are implemented. The species is affected by direct habitat loss, fragmentation of important seasonal habitats by roads, pipelines and power lines, and human and vehicle-related disturbance. We write to ask for your support for continuing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing prohibition for the greater sage-grouse, a provision that has been enacted in annual spending bills since fiscal year 2015 and is included in the Senate’s Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies spending bill for fiscal year 2021. Worst. Sage-grouse are an indicator species for sagebrush habitats. The Rich Are Cheering Wall Street's Latest Records. Going … Both the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service list the sage-grouse as a “sensitive … Fish and Wildlife Service determined greater sage-grouse was “warranted, but precluded” for protection under the Endangered Species Act in March 2010. The U.S. We don't want advertising dollars. The greater sage grouse land bird is considered an important indicator species for the vast "sagebrush sea" ecosystem that dominates the Intermountain West, … In addition to gutting the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the administration is still trying to push through several major rollbacks and rule changes during the lame duck session that would undermine wildlife protections and exploit public lands. Fish and Wildlife Service's Endangered Species List despite 10 years of efforts by western states to bolster the fowl's population. Once again, Trump loses and Twitter wins after his surreal appearance stating the obvious - he'll leave - while seated at a teeny desk sparked an explosion of #DiaperDon and #TinyDesk posts mocking his banishment from the grown-ups' table. The greater sage-grouse conservation effort sets the bar for how complex, landscape-scale conservation challenges can be resolved through cooperative efforts by people and organizations with common goals. Following Trump’s lame duck attack on public lands, Western Values Project director Jayson O’Neill issued the following statement: “Anti-public lands members of Congress seem to only be worried about pushing through harmful legislation during the lame duck session, instead of battling the pandemic. The greater sage grouse might be headed to the U.S. The current Range-wide abundance has decreased between 69-99 percent from historic levels. It's about protecting both an iconic landscape and a way of life in the West, including jobs, businesses and recreational opportunities. Greater sage-grouse tend to choose the same nesting sites they chose in years past, and where previous generations of sage-grouse have nested. A population of smaller birds, known in the U.S. as Gunnison Sage-Grouse, was recently recognized as a separate species. But we can't do it alone. Sage-grouse are an indicator species for sagebrush habitats. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. - Craig Brown, Co-founder. As of 2012, only 93–138 individuals are thought to remain in Canada. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist. The detrimental impacts of these favors are bound to harm our wildlife and public lands in the West for years to come.”. Because of people like you, another world is possible. Greater sage-grouse were once found across 13 western U.S. states and 3 Canadian provinces. Common Dreams has been providing breaking news & views for the progressive community since 1997. 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When the U.S. WASHINGTON - The Associated Press recently  reported  President Trump’s plans to roll back essential protections for sage grouse. The greater sage grouse, a bird that’s been at the center of a major conservation fight over the last year, will not be protected under the Endangered Species Act, the Department of Interior announced Tuesday. Black and Latinx Voters Helped Deliver the Nation To Joe Biden—Now, He Owes Them. In a video announcement, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell called the decision a “milestone for conservation in America.” Questions and Warnings Follow Assassination of Top Iranian Scientist, 'Cruel Slap in the Face': Senate GOP Quietly Pushing Pay Freeze for Federal Workers Amid Deadly Pandemic, 'Good But It's Not Up to Him Anyway': Trump Says He Will Leave White House If Electoral College Votes for Biden, Amid Public Health and Employment Crises, New Survey Shows Poor Americans Agree on Policy Solutions.