Don’t Let Secretary Zinke Dismantle Sage Grouse Conservation Plans

California Sage Grouse
California Sage Grouse

Backcountry Hunters and AnglersUSA -( Over the past 15 years, diverse stakeholders have come together to create conservation plans for 165 million acres of the Western sagebrush steppe.

These plans not only help the imperiled greater sage grouse; they also benefit sportsmen and local communities.

This unprecedented collaborative effort is tailored to state and local needs and at the same time conserves habitat that supports more than 350 species of fish and wildlife, including pronghorn, mule deer and elk.

In spite of this, the Department of the Interior and Secretary Ryan Zinke have called the sage grouse conservation plans into question, suggesting less-than-optimal alternatives such as captive breeding programs and state-specific population targets.

Both lack scientific support and fail to take into account the years of effort by ranchers, sportsmen and women, industry voices, scientists, state interests, and federal agency representatives to conserve this important habitat – an effort that continues to forestall the need to list the sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act.

Diminishing the current conservation strategy would be a major loss for stakeholders across the West. Speak up before Aug. 4 for the greater sage grouse and the Western sage steppe.

Tell Secretary Zinke to uphold this innovative, forward-thinking approach that serves not only sage grouse but also the entirety of the ecosystem it inhabits.

Send Secretary Zinke a message and let him know that our Sage Grouse plans should remain intact, and that collaboration in conservation should be celebrated, not denigrated.

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is the sportsmen’s voice for our wild public lands, waters and wildlife.


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I see the Backcountry logo and skip the entire article. An environmental group pretending to be hunters


js is right I know of ranchers that have made millions by letting the gov. chain juniper trees off their land those same trees were there when I used to see 1000’s of sage grouse and they paid people to fly and kill coyotes which were on that same land in greater numbers. I see where it was going would have kept hunters off the very land they pay the blm to manage.


Yep. Now they are running Zinke attack ads on television in Montana. Why is is Ammoland giving this lefty PAC a platform? Backcountry Hunters my ass.