In late August during a roundtable discussion with local, state and national sage grouse conservation partners at Portland’s World Forestry Center, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA’s new four-year strategy that will invest approximately $211 million through 2018 in conservation efforts to benefit greater sage grouse habitat. Harney County Judge Steve Grasty and Lake County Commissioner Dan Shoun participated in the discussion that also featured Governor Kate Brown.

Shortly after the sage grouse was not listed, State Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, issued a news release calling out Judge Grasty’s tireless efforts to keep the sage grouse from being listed.

Judge Grasty at USDA roundtable
Judge Steve Grasty at USDA roundtable