|Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and USDA Deputy Undersecretary Ann Mills share the great news about CCAAs in Oregon. Photo: Joe Stutler|
These landscapes are at extreme risk of wildfire and continue to be threatened by invasive species such as juniper and cheat grass. This spells disaster for the sage-grouse and people who depend on these lands for their livelihood.
In a model collaboration with county, state, federal, tribal and non-governmental partners, ranchers and private landowners are entering into Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (CCAAs) to voluntarily agree to manage their lands to remove or reduce threats to species. These unprecedented agreements will allow people to continue to pursue their livelihoods while protecting millions of acres of sagebrush habitat, even if the sage-grouse gets listed.
Collaborative efforts like the CCAAs will improve the resiliency of these landscapes, reduce the threats, protect habitat, protect communities, and support stable economies. See full story here.