Second, we can get it right without a federal listing as threatened or endangered. By working now to develop voluntary conservation plans in each of the 11 states that have significant sage grouse populations, we can implement voluntary, commonsense conservation plans best tailored to each state. Wyoming, led by Republican Gov. Matt Mead, already has produced a strong plan, and Montana, Oregon, Idaho and Colorado are nearing completion of their own plans. The only thing a delay will do is to let the states and the Bureau of Land Management offices in each state take their feet off the gas and go back to business as usual – a status quo that has contributed in part to a nearly 50-percent decline in the species’ habitat.