Derek Dowsett is the Producer of the County Seat. Now entering his 11th season of the program, he has received what he considers a "Crash Course" in County Government.

The Greater Sage Grouse

What would a threatened listing mean for Utah and the West

Back in March 2010 The US Fish and Wildlife Service declared that the Greater Sage Grouse was warranted for listing as a threatened species under the endangered species act. The bird was precluded from a formal listing at that time because of higher priority species. A looming final decision has created a mad dash to the finish line, by states, counties, private citizens, and federal land managers.

This week on the County Seat we will look at the good work that is taking place across the state as plans come together and people work to keep the Sage Grouse off of the Endangered Species List.

There is a consensus that the landscape will change but US Fish and Wildlife has assured people that it won’t be the end of the world. But what would a listing mean for Utah and would it help the Sage Grouse?

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