Tell the U.S. Forest Service: Protect the Greater Sage-Grouse's Habitat!

The U.S. Forest Service has initiated a formal comment period as part of a process that could weaken or eliminate landmark conservation plans that are helping to ensure the survival of the Greater Sage-Grouse. Tell them to let the plans do their job.

The conservation plans protect 67 million acres of the Greater Sage-Grouse's habitat, the result of years of collaborative work from many stakeholders.

By signing this petition, your name and comments will become part of the official public record.

As someone who cares about birds and the places they need, now and into the future, I strongly oppose any amendments to the Forest Service sage-grouse land management plans. I also oppose any effort to weaken key conservation commitments through major changes or to substitute unproven approaches like captive breeding and population targets over strong, science-based habitat management for sage-grouse.

In 2010, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) determined that the Greater Sage-Grouse was threatened with extinction and warranted protection under the Endangered Species Act. In response, states, ranchers, conservationists, industry, scientists and federal agencies crafted a balanced conservation plan that protects habitat for sage-grouse and 350 other species, as well as sustainable economic growth for communities across the West.

Those plans led the Service to reverse its 2010 decision and find the future for sage-grouse was secure: a historic victory for conservation and for collaboration.

Instead of amending the plans, the Forest Service should focus on engaging communities in the decisions necessary to implement the plans as they are. Give the plans a chance to work.

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