Home to sage grouse, stately pronghorn antelope, and hundreds more creatures great and small, the “sagebrush sea” is one of America’s most iconic landscapes—and also one of its most imperiled.

Oil and gas extraction and sprawling developments threaten fragmentation of habitat that must be wide open to support a thriving diversity of life. Climate change further complicates the survival of species in their ever-shrinking ranges. Yet solutions exist to preserve both the natural world and the Western way of life, needing only the voices of citizens to become widespread.

With a potential endangered species listing on the horizon, many conservation efforts and media stories focus on the sage-grouse. The well-being of this bird reflects the overall health of the entire sagebrush environment. This matchless landscape is defined by generations of ranching families, epic wildlife, and the wide-open spaces emblematic of the great American West. The recovery of the sage-grouse will directly benefit the ecology—as well as the economy—of a uniquely western way of life.

With this project, we invite you to envision a future where the western way of life can flourish and American innovation trumps short-term exploitation.



On September 22, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that protection for the greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act was no longer warranted and withdrew the species from the candidate species list. You can read the Service's "not warranted" finding here

Read Braided River's response to the listing decision here




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