Mark Salvo

Senior Director of Landscape Conservation

A recognized expert on sage-grouse and the Sagebrush Sea, Mark leads Defenders’ efforts to conserve this focal species and focal landscape. He also works with partners and diverse constituencies to improve federal public lands management through policy reforms, Congressional direction, annual appropriations and litigation.

Posts By: Mark Salvo

Sage-Grouse on Lek, © Diana LeVasseur

Sage-Grouse in the Crosshairs »

This month, legislation was introduced in the House and the Senate, euphemistically named “Sage Grouse Protection and Conservation Act,” that would muck up the listing process for sage-grouse by allowing states to bar the federal government from even considering the species for protection for at least 10 years.

Sage-grouse, © Jean Bjerke

Sage-Grouse: Ambassador for the Sagebrush Sea »

Sage-grouse are by no means the only creatures that make their home in the Sagebrush Sea, but they are some of the most important. Protecting these iconic western birds can mean providing benefits for many other species in these grassland ecosystems.