Greater Sage Grouse
-Photo by Nick Myatt-
The Oregon Greater Sage-Grouse Draft RMP Amendment/EIS is available for review and comment. The comment period will be open from Friday, November 22, 2013 through Thursday, February 20, 2014. See the BLM website.
Sage Grouse Conservation Partnership (SageCon) The Sage Grouse Conservation partners work together to pull together an “all lands, all threats” approach to sage grouse conservation to both address USFWS’s sage grouse listing decision in 2015 and support community sustainability in central and eastern Oregon into the future.
The Oregon Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Assessment and Strategy created in 2005 was updated and adopted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission in April 2011. The plan will be reviewed in one year.
Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Assessment and Strategy for Oregon, April 2011 (pdf)
Core Area maps
Core Area Fact Sheet (pdf)
ODFW Sage-Grouse Action Areas
Mitigation Framework for Sage-Grouse Habitats, 20 March 2012 (pdf)
Sage-Grouse Conservation Strategy Local Implementation Team meetings: July, August 2012
Vale Team, Minutes (pdf) July 24
Lakeview Team, Minutes (pdf) July 25
Prineville Team, Minutes (pdf) July 26
Baker Team Minutes (pdf) July 30
Burns Team Minutes (pdf) August 2
Team overview letter
Vale Team minutes, action area map, Jan. 24, 2012
Lakeview Team, Nov. 17 2011
Vale Team, Nov. 18, 2011
Prineville Team, Dec. 8, 2011
Burns Team, Dec. 6, 2011
Baker Team, Dec. 13, 2011
In March 2010, the USFWS determined that protection of the greater sage-grouse under the ESA was warranted. However, listing the greater sage-grouse was precluded at this time by the need to address other listings facing greater risk of extinction. The sage-grouse is now a candidate species for listing. The primary threats to the sage-grouse across its range are: habitat loss and fragmentation (including wildfire); invasive plants; energy development; urbanization and agricultural conversion and grazing. Visit the USFWS website for more information.
The greater sage-grouse in Oregon is doing relatively well. The 2010 USFWS decision will likely result in stronger state-wide partnerships and some additional funding for species conservation. USFWS, ODFW, BLM, NRCS and others are working to maximize conservation efforts and funding.
ODFW Greater Sage-Grouse Backgrounder (pdf)