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Title: USDOI FWS GRSG Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) Conservation Objectives: Final Report (COT)
Abstract: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is making available a final report that is designed to help guide the efforts of the States and other partners to conserve the Greater sage-grouse with a landscape level strategy that will benefit the species while maintaining a robust economy in the West. The report, prepared by state and federal scientists and sage-grouse experts, identifies the conservation status of the Greater sage-grouse, the nature of the threats facing the species, and objectives to ensure its long-term conservation. The final report is a collaborative state and federal effort to evaluate species conservation before the Service is required to make a decision in 2015 on whether to propose protecting the species under the Endangered Species Act. The draft report was submitted for scientific peer review, and the Service addressed those comments in the final version. The intent of the report is to provide State, Federal, local and private entities with permitting or land management authority information to support conservation actions for the sage-grouse. Such actions might involve modifying or amending regulatory frameworks to ensure the long-term conservation of the species by avoiding, minimizing, or mitigating the threats to the species, or focusing voluntary conservation efforts in ways that will benefit the species the most. The final Conservations Objectives report is based on scientific principles of conservation biology and uses information and conservation strategies provided by the States to identify key areas of habitat across the species' range, as well as the threats operating within each population that need to be mitigated to conserve the species over the long term. Given the differences across the sage-grouse range, the report allows flexibility for States or other agencies to determine and develop the measures that will best achieve conservation success.
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Resource Type: document
Originator: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publication Date: 2013-02-01
Metadata Language: English
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Theme Topics: Environment and Conservation, Biology and Ecology, Management, Wildlife, GRSG, BER, EIS, CED, Greater Sage-grouse, BLM, USFWS, California, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming
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West Bounding Longitude: -124.404
East Bounding Longitude: -98.603
North Bounding Latitude: 49.945
South Bounding Latitude: 30.747
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