In 2014, ranchers in Harney County, Oregon, signed a Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances to preserve more than one million acres of private rangelands to protect the greater sage-grouse and its sagebrush habitat.
Cooperative agreements like these encourage landowners to adapt positive conservation measures for the species on their property, in return for assurances by the government that no further work will be required if the greater sage-grouse is listed under the Endangered Species Act.
This is a win-win for the greater sage-grouse AND ranchers. Click on the short video below for the whole story.
This list of partners that collaborated with local rancher to make this happen is impressive: the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Oregon Department of State Lands, The Nature Conservancy, University of Oregon Extension, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and many others.