Greater sage-grouse conservation across Landscape Conservation Cooperatives
Time: 12:00-1:30 PM Mountain Time
Presenter: Steve Torbit, Assistant Regional Director for Science Applications, US Fish and Wildlife Service - Region 6
Summary: The population decline of Greater sage-grouse range wide and the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s responsibility to conduct a status review by 2015 has triggered an enormous amount of activity by federal, state, local and private entities across the range of Greater sage-grouse to assess populations, habitat conditions and viability, and to develop conservation actions. These assessments and conservation design efforts are critical to successful conservation of sage-grouse and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) are the ideal mechanism to assist in compiling data and information, elucidating critical data gaps, and looking ahead to future conservation challenges that will face Greater sage-grouse and concomitantly other species that rely on the sagebrush ecosystem. A partnership among the 4 "sagebrush LCCs" (Great Northern Great Basin, Southern Rockies, Plains and Prairie Potholes) and other federal and state entities will be initiating a project to address the science and data management gaps this fall. This presentation will highlight this new collaborative effort designed to facilitate Greater sage-grouse conservation across four LCCs.