CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead supports the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plan to invest $211 million to help with Wyoming’s and other western states’ efforts on Greater sage-grouse habitat. The USDA’s strategy – “Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0” – will contribute to private conservation efforts that improve Greater sage-grouse habitat.
“Wyoming has taken steps to improve habitat and ensure the success of the Greater sage-grouse,” said Governor Mead. “The state, private groups and individuals have all contributed much to this effort. The federal government should also contribute and this is a good way to do it.”
Governor Mead issued an Executive Order in July 2015 to strengthen protections for the Greater sage-grouse as the federal government considers whether to list or not list the bird under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Governor, as Chairman of the Western Governors’ Association, recently announced that his Chairman’s Initiative will be improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the ESA.