11/27/2017 3:16:00 PM/Categories: Today's Top 5, People in Ag, Livestock, National News, Opinions, Organizations, Ag Issues
This past summer was not an easy one for cattle producers in the West. Drought and fires raised havoc. Ranching has always required management for disasters like fire and drought, but also day-to-day balancing acts to provide for healthy wildlife habitat. When dealing with endangered species, there are many examples of misguided regulations and rulemaking. However, due to more than a decade of hard work, including more meetings than we care to recall, we have a chance to get it right with the Greater Sage Grouse. Thanks to ranchers, sportsmen, conservationists, state and federal government officials working together at the local level, we have state plans that span across Western rangelands for the Greater Sage-Grouse.
Years of work culminated in the Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service releasing plans in 2015 that put all major stakeholders on one path: avoid the listing of the Greater Sage-Grouse as a threatened or endangered species. These plans are not perfect, but they provided a way for the working groups to stop spending time in meetings and start putting that effort into managing habitat.