Sage Grouse Conservation Partnership (SageCon)

SageCon Overview

The Sage Grouse Conservation Partnership (SageCon) has been working collaboratively to build an “all lands, all threats” approach to sage grouse conservation to both address the USFWS’s sage grouse listing decision in 2015 and support community sustainability in central and eastern Oregon into the future.  By addressing identified threats to sage brush habitat the SageCon Partnership will ensure species protection for sage grouse and also work  with traditional ranching and farming communities as well as emerging industries such as  mining and renewable energy.

The SageCon Partnership coordinates federal, state and local efforts (current and projected) to address the multiple threats to sage grouse across the Eastern Oregon sagebrush landscape.For more information about the SageCon Partnership see:  http://orsolutions.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/SageCon_OverviewFactSheet_2013.pdf

For access to the State Action Plan as well as technical information (data, tools and maps), past meeting materials and the SageCon meeting calendar see: http://oregonexplorer.info/SageCon

Renewable Energy and Eastern Oregon Conservation (REECon) Partnership Background

In 2010, the Governor’s Office and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) began convening meetings in response to the “Warranted but Precluded” sage grouse listing status in order to share information about the needs and issues related to renewable energy development and habitat conservation across Eastern Oregon. These meetings led to the formation of the Renewable Energy and Eastern Oregon Landscape Conservation Partnership (the “REECon Partnership”) that met regularly through 2012.  The SageCon process has been building on REECon’s efforts related to renewable energy development and widened the scope of that effort to address other potential threats to sage grouse habitat and conservation in Eastern Oregon. For more information on REECon including background and meeting materials see: http://orsolutions.org/osproject/renewable-energy-and-eastern-oregon-landscape-conservation-partnership

 

 

Objectives

With the USFWS review of the listing status for sage grouse eminent, there is an immediate need to broaden the discussion to include a wider range of development activities as well as other natural and anthropogenic threats across the landscape and develop a coordinated picture of ongoing and projected efforts, both regulatory and voluntary, to address and support sage grouse conservation.  To accomplish this, the new SageCon Partnership would:

  •    Provide a forum for coordination of federal, state, local and private efforts to conserve sage grouse in Oregon;
  •    Inventory existing strategies/approaches and, where appropriate, identify additional strategies/approaches to address the full range of threats to sage grouse viability and recovery in Eastern Oregon; and
  •    Coordinate with USFWS requirements and schedule for the sage grouse ESA listing decision in order to provide timely and relevant input to the USFWS on Oregon’s sage grouse and sagebrush habitat conservation strategies/approaches.

The goal of the SageCon Partnership will be to present USFWS with a unified all-lands approach to sage grouse conservation in Oregon.  The process is intended to be a series of focused but coordinated discussions to address sage grouse conservation in the face of multiple threats and within multiple jurisdictions (federal, state and local) in Oregon.

Additional Resources

BLM and Intermountain West Joint Venture announce partnership which will leverage up to $5 million in federal funding to conserve the sagebrush sea. For more information, click on this link: http://iwjv.org/blm-and-joint-venture-expand-sagebrush-conservation-partnership-model

Related documents and links:

  • September 22, 2015 U.S. Department of the Interior announced that sage-grouse will not be listed under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). Oregon has been highlighted as one of the key states that led the way to this federal finding.

USFWS announcement

Link to Oregon Sage-Grouse Plan

Link to Governor Brown’s Executive Order on Sage-Grouse

Link to Governor Brown’s video statement

Link to Governor Brown audio statement

Link to Secretary Jewell's video statement

Photos from Secretary Jewell’s sage-grouse visit to Oregon (March, 2015)

  • May 28, 2015 BLM  released The Oregon Sub-regional Greater Sage-Grouse (GRSG) Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendment (Proposed RMP A) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) find below links to the News Release, Fact Sheet and website with all the FEIS chapters and maps.
  • BLM News Release
  • BLM Fact Sheet
  • FEIS Main Webpage Chapters and Maps

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