Laramie, WY – Farmers and ranchers in 11 western states can help protect both their operations and sage grouse. This is thanks to an agreement between two federal agencies.
The agreement was announced Tuesday by U.S. the Agriculture Secretary and the Interior Secretary. It involves the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service and Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service.
The agencies will work together to help landowners protect the sage grouse and its habitat.
In return, landowners will be in better position to avoid potentially stifling regulations if the bird is put on the endangered species list.
Sage grouse are found in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, California, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Oregon, South Dakota, North Dakota and Canada.
Their once vast numbers have been reduce severely, mainly from loss of habitat.