The U.S. Geological Survey has released its extensive report on the greater sage grouse, a document that will provide a consistent set of information about the bird to help guide the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service in their joint efforts to conserve the species.
"This report summarizes several decades of work on sage-grouse populations and sagebrush habitat," said Suzette Kimball, acting director of the USGS. "It will serve as a useful tool for land and wildlife managers and provides a needed range-wide perspective."
The BLM and the USFS are preparing environmental impact statements to address the effects of implementing proposed sage grouse conservation measures on the lands they manage. The agencies will use the USGS report in summarizing the effect of their joint planning efforts intended to help conserve the bird and its sagebrush habitat across the West.
The report looks at each of the threats to greater sage-grouse identified in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s"warranted but precluded" finding for listing the species under the Endangered Species Act. For these threats, the report summarizes the current scientific understanding of various impacts to sage grouse populations and habitats. The report also covers the location, magnitude and extent of each threat.
The data for this report were gathered from BLM, USFS, and other sources.