The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has identified the principal regulatory mechanism for the BLM as conservation measures in Resource Management Plans (RMPs). Based on the identified threats to the greater sage-grouse and the USFWS timeline for making a listing decision on this species, the BLM needs to incorporate explicit objectives and adequate conservation measures into RMPs by late 2014 in order to conserve greater sage-grouse and avoid a potential listing under the Endangered Species Act. The planning strategy will evaluate the adequacy of BLM RMPs and address, as necessary, revisions and amendments throughout the range of the greater sage-grouse.
The USFWS identified three primary threats to the Greater Sage-Grouse in Northwest Colorado which will be addressed through this planning process. The three threats are: Energy Development, Infrastructure and Agriculture/Urbanization. Underlying these three threats are their cumulative contribution to habitat fragmentation.