Wildfire is the predominant cause of habitat loss in the Great Basin. Reseeding burned land to stabilize soils has not restored sagebrush habitat for the endangered greater sage grouse, according to a report in the journal Ecosphere. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is considering protecting the grouse under the Endangered Species act, which could affect the management of 250,000 square miles of land in the western US.
ESA Policy News: November 11: President’s climate action plan, farm bill compromise and FS funding shortfalls
Government shutdown ends, water bill action, FWS proposes cuckoo E.S.A. listing, rejects petrel.