Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced on Tuesday, Sept. 22 that listing of the Western Greater Sage-Grouse as an endangered species was not warranted, thanks to the great collaborative efforts into conserving habitat for the species.

The announcement is a big victory for years of unprecedented habitat restorative work between private landowners, government agencies, ranchers, farmers and conservation groups. Had the species been listed, it would have established vast restrictions on public land use, devastating the Oregon ranching industry.

“I applaud the efforts of ranchers, conservationists, governors and others who have come to the table, signed agreements and worked hard on the ground to fight for rural Oregon jobs and communities,” said Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden. “This victory shows how collaboration between private stakeholders and local, state and federal leaders can lead to balanced, sustainable solutions for the management of wildlife and our public lands.”

For much more on the decision read the Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 Lake County Examiner.

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