Thursday, January 31, 2013

Saving Sagebrush

The sagebrush landscape of the western U.S. may look like an endless sea of barren, useless land ...

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 But like the sea, there is a bounty of life bustling beneath the surface. 

The sagebrush-steppe ecosystem is actually one of North America's most endangered landscapes, and following the proposed ESA listing of the Gunnison sage-grouse, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is ready to declare 1.7 million acres of sage worth saving.

Why? Just ask these species:

• Sage Grouse

• Brewer's Sparrow

• Sage Thrasher

• Sage Sparrow

• Pygmy Rabbit

• Sagebrush Lizard

• Sagebrush Vole

• Pronghorn Antelope

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