Southeastern Oregon is filled with the kind of wide open rangeland where an iconic bird is struggling to survive: the greater sage grouse. Eleven states in the West are working out strategies for the survival of the sage grouse. In Oregon’s Harney County ranchers are eager for solutions that will avoid more government restrictions.
The plight of greater sage grouse is now at the top of mind for ranchers, conservationists, and politicians across the West.
So much so that one ranch in southeastern Oregon has put a wildlife biologist on its payroll.