Endangered Status Denied for Unique Sage Grouse Population

Endangered Status Denied for Sub-species of Sage Grouse The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied Endangered Species Act protections for the Bi-State greater sage grouse, a distinct sage grouse sub-species that roams western Nevada and eastern California. The agency stated that voluntary conservation efforts by energy and ranching operations have been enough to protect populations of the bird. However, sage grouse populations across multiple states have continued to decline under these efforts efforts. Status: Finalized March 31, 2020.

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Amy Westervelt is the editor-in-chief of Drilled News, creator and host of the Drilled podcast, and founder of the Critical Frequency podcast network, named AdWeek's Podcast Network of the Year in 2019. An award-winning print and audio journalist, Amy has contributed to The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, as well as KQED, The California Report, Capital Public Radio, and many other outlets. She is the 2015 winner of the Rachel Carson award for "women greening journalism," and a 2016 winner of an Edward R. Murrow award for her series on the impacts of the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. In 2019, the Drilled podcast won the Online News Association's "Excellence in Audio Storytelling" award.

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Emily J. Gertz is senior editor of Drilled News. A longtime environmental reporter and editor, her work has appeared in HuffPost, Reveal, Arctic Today, The Guardian, Popular Science, Scientific American, Sierra, and more.