Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Order Signed for Comprehensive Sagebrush and Rangelands Strategy

We are seeing positive actions at the Department of the Interior this week with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell issuing a Secretarial Order calling for a comprehensive, science-based strategy to protect and restore sagebrush lands threatened by rangeland fire in the sagebrush and rangelands in the Great Basin region of Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California.  

“Targeted action is urgently needed to conserve habitat for the greater sage-grouse and other wildlife in the Great Basin, as well as to maintain ranching and recreation economies that depend on sagebrush landscapes,” said Secretary Jewell. “The Secretarial Order further demonstrates our strong commitment to work with our federal, state, tribal and community partners to reduce the likelihood and severity of rangeland fire, stem the spread of invasive species, and restore the health and resilience of sagebrush ecosystems.”

The Order builds on the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, which provides a roadmap for achieving “all hands—all lands” cooperation.

Read the full press release here.

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