The purpose of this document is to provide a framework for the range-wide Conservation Assessment (Conservation Assessment) of the Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; hereafter, sage-grouse) to be completed in the year 2020. The goal of the Conservation Assessment is to evaluate the implementation, or progress, of conservation efforts across the 11-state range of sage-grouse and to assist in determining the condition of sage-grouse and their habitats in 2020. This framework identifies obligations and commitments, and associated progress, made by conservation partners - the collection of federal, state, private, and non-profit, non-governmental organizations who are working collaboratively for sage-grouse conservation. The roles and responsibilities of conservation partners to report progress on conservation effort implementation are detailed. Additionally, a description of how an inter-agency Conservation Assessment Team (CAT), led by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) will review partner reports to analyze the implementation progress of the conservation efforts at a range-wide scale is described. The CAT will prepare the Conservation Assessment report, which will provide a scientifically based, range-wide assessment of the current condition of the sage-grouse and its habitats, while incorporating the progress of conservation since 2015 and the best available information on populations and trends. Through the Conservation Assessment report the CAT will also provide recommendations for adaptive management into the future.
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