USFWS Withdraws Bi-State Sage Grouse for Listing Under Endangered Species Act
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced their decision to withdrawal the Bi-State sage grouse from listing under the Endangered Species Act this week after nearly two years of review. The USFWS concluded that successful implementation of conservation actions and the future commitments of partners of the Bi-State Local Area Working Group are adequate to reducing threats to the bird. The Bi-State sage grouse is a geographically isolated and genetically distinct population of the Greater Sage Grouse. It was originally proposed for listing as threatened in 2013, with the USFWS withdrawing their proposal in 2015. In 2018 a federal court ruled required the agency to re-evaluate new science on the bird’s population numbers and threats. This recent decision by the Trump administration means the bird will not receive federal protections, leaving the bird’s fate up to voluntary conservation measures adopted by state and federal agencies as well as private landowners. Friends of the Inyo submitted comments on the listing in June of 2019.