Sage-grouse National Planning Strategy
The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service initiated a National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy to update nearly 100 resource management plans and forest plans covering 67 million acres public lands with new conservation measures to protect and restore sage-grouse habitat. The agencies hope to demonstrate that these new measures are sufficient to preclude the need to list sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act.
Defenders of Wildlife has reviewed and commented on all 15 separate environmental impact statements (EISs) the agencies are developing to revise and amend their land use plans in sage-grouse range.
Defenders of Wildlife evaluated each of the 15 draft EISs released under the National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy. We specifically analyzed whether or not the plans adopted key, science-based, enforceable conservation measures vital to sage-grouse conservation and recovery, and found that many of the conservation measures they propose are scientifically or legally inadequate to conserve and restore sage-grouse. Read our findings in the new report:
In the Red: How Proposed Conservation Plans Fail to Protect Greater Sage-Grouse
Appendix A (Coming Soon)
Individual Sage-grouse Plan Matrices:
- Bighorn Basin >
- Billings/Pompey's Pillar >
- Buffalo >
- HiLine >
- Idaho/SW Montana >
- Lewistown >
- Miles City >
- Nevada/NE California >
- North Dakota >
- NW Colorado >
- Oregon >
- South Dakota >
- Utah >
- Wyoming >
Height/Length: Adult males are 26-30 inches in length and may be as much as two feet tall. Adult females range from 19-23 inches. Sage-grouse are larger than domestic chickens, to which they are often compared in the news media.
Weight: Males average 6 lbs; females half as much.
Lifespan: The average lifespan is 1-3 years, although sage-grouse have been known to live up to 10 years.