Protecting the Greater sage-grouse

Michelle Alvarado   Website

The Greater sage-grouse, a bird native to Oregon’s high desert and other parts of the West, faces serious threats to its survival due to habitat loss caused by poorly managed livestock grazing, invasive species, wildfire, energy development and other human land uses.

ONDA is taking positive, proactive steps to ensure that sage-grouse are protected for future generations.

The Bureau of Land Management is the primary land manager of sage-grouse habitat in eastern Oregon, across more than 10 million acres of public lands. Collaborative efforts with multiple stakeholders, including ONDA, led to a plan that, if implemented rapidly and completely, could preserve the bird and its habitat. The plan was the primary reason the Greater sage-grouse was not added to the Endangered Species List.

Unfortunately, the Department of the Interior has since moved to undermine the significant efforts that were underway to prevent the continued decline of the species. ONDA will be working with Oregon’s elected leaders to push back against efforts to dismantle years of collaborative sage-grouse conservation work, and recently asked the Department of the Interior to strengthen, not weaken, BLM’s sage-grouse plan for Oregon. 

ONDA also has sought to intervene on behalf of the U.S. Department of the Interior in two different lawsuits asking federal courts in Oregon and in Washington, D.C. to throw out BLM’s sage-grouse conservation plan for Oregon — before the plan is even allowed to begin to work. ONDA is intervening in these cases to support the continued implementation of the sage-grouse plan.