One of the 10 most endangered birds in North America
Gunnison sage-grouse once ranged widely across southwest Colorado and Utah but today they occupy just 10% of their historic range. With fewer than 5,000 of these birds remaining the Gunnison sage-grouse needs our help. Habitat loss from urban development, oil and gas drilling, mining, off-road vehicle use, and road construction threatens to push this species toward extinction.
Habitat loss from urban development and habitat degradation from oil and gas drilling, mining, off-road vehicle use, and road construction has taken and continues to take a heavy toll on this species. In 2014 the Gunnison sage-grouse was listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
Rocky Mountain Wild is working to protect two of the Gunnison sage-grouse’s most critical habitats by asking the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to designate over 38,000 acres as Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). Research from the Conservation Science Partners indicates that these areas exhibit “some of the highest quality habitat – both in terms of core habitat and connectivity habitat.”
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In 2014 the Gunnison sage-grouse was listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The listing decision spurred several lawsuits. On one side, conservation groups argued that the species deserves “endangered” status, rather than “threatened.” On the other side, the State of Colorado and State of Utah, as well as a Colorado ranching group pushed back against the listing altogether!
On September 28, 2018, a Federal judge upheld the endangered species list protections for Gunnison sage-grouse! The judge upheld the decision by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the Gunnison sage-grouse as a threatened species and to designate more than 2,200 square miles of land as critical habitat.
Rocky Mountain Wild is working to secure habitat protection through land planning processes at the BLM level including the Gunnison Sage-Grouse Rangewide Resource Management Plan, and the Tres Rios Resource Management Plan Amendment.