APNewsBreak: No US protection for sage grouse near Sierra
RENO, Nev. (AP) Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says her reversal of proposed federal protection for a type of sage grouse specific to California and Nevada shows it's still possible to head off a bigger, looming listing decision for sage grouse across 11 western states.
Jewell joined Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval in Reno on Tuesday to announce that she's withdrawing the government's 2013 proposal to declare the bistate, Mono Basin sage grouse a threatened species along the California-Nevada line.
She says the bird no longer faces the threat of extinction thanks to voluntary conservation efforts by ranchers, local governments and public land managers.
Her department is under a court order to decide by Sept. 30 whether to list the greater sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act stretching from Oregon to the Dakotas.