The U.S. Interior Department announced its decision this week that the greater sage grouse does not need to be protected under the Endangered Species Act. The federal government says the this is a result of the voluntary conservation efforts of government agencies and private landowners. But some environmental groups that pushed for the bird to be listed say they are disappointed and criticize the federal protection plans as flawed.
- Paul Henson: Oregon State supervisor for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
- Erik Molvar: Wildlife biologist with WildEarth Guardians
- Carol Dunten: Cattle rancher in Eastern Oregon