Topic: Can the sage-grouse save the West?
The greater sage-grouse once dominated the American West, but their populations have plummeted in modern times due to overgrazing, oil and gas development, roads and power lines, and other human disturbance. As an “umbrella” species, the health of the bird's population is also an indicator of the perilous state of sagebrush ecosystems and the over 350 other native species they support. This presentation will discuss the ongoing legal and policy battles to save the sage-grouse -- one of the largest conservation efforts in U.S. history -- and its implications for public lands management across the West.
Presenter: Sarah Stellberg
Sarah Stellberg is a staff attorney with Advocates for the West, a nonprofit, public interest environmental law firm headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Advocates for the West provides free legal services to conservation groups and activists fighting to protect public lands, fish and wildlife, clean water and clean air in the West. Sarah's practice focuses on a range of public lands issues, including greater sage-grouse conservation and curbing fossil fuel development on public lands.