The conservation work by NRCS, its partners and landowners is in addition to the considerable work done by state and local authorities since 2010, when FWS listed the greater sage-grouse as “warranted but precluded.” Read our Sage-Grouse Inventory and Sage-Grouse Appendix for complete details on those efforts.
Western Governors believe that providing economic incentives for landowners to voluntarily participate in greater sage-grouse conservation efforts, which NRCS facilitates through SGI, is likely to achieve more efficient and cost-effective results, as well as more rapid conservation, than would a listing of the species under the Endangered Species Act.
NRCS notes that if the greater sage-grouse is listed as threatened or endangered, it will continue to offer funding for private landowners to engage in voluntary conservation efforts. However, as the bi-state DPS illustrates, it seems unlikely that landowners will want to participate in such voluntary programs when federal regulation is in place.
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