Separate quarters, common goals

The BLM has completed an environmental impact statement (EIS) with proposed amendments to 11 resource management plans (RMPs) that guide management of habitat for the Gunnison sage-grouse, Centrocercus minimus, which was listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 2014. 

Gunnison sage-grouse are genetically distinct from greater sage-grouse, Centrocercus urophasianus, and the two species’ habitats do not overlap. Because the Gunnison grouse is ESA-listed, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has primary responsibility for designating habitat and establishing the management actions to achieve conservation and recovery. 

a Gunnison sage-grouse male in display on snowy lek, by Helen Richardson
Gunnison sage-grouse are smaller than greater sage-grouse and have a distinctive linear pattern
on their tail feathers, along with much thicker plumage on the back of their heads. | Helen Richardson
via Montrose Daily Press &  Colorado Public Radio

The plan amendments related to Gunnison sage-grouse conservation are separate from ongoing planning for managing greater sage-grouse habitat on BLM-managed public lands. We are currently reviewing comments received on draft environmental analysis of options for amending 77 RMPs covering nearly 67 million acres of greater sage-grouse habitat in 10 states, and expect to publish a final EIS with proposed amendments by the end of 2024. 

sagebrush and a flowering native plant
While their habitats do not overlap, the birds share a year-round reliance on sagebrush and related
native plants for food and cover. | USFWS/Jennifer Strickland

Two Centrocercus urophasianus populations are not included in the ongoing planning:  


Heather Feeney, Public Affairs Specialist

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