In this feature published by WyoFile, one Wyoming landowner is unhappy with how the governor designated his private ranch land sage grouse core area, thereby limiting his development opportunities. But others celebrate Wyoming’s core area strategy as the best way to prevent an endangered species listing for the greater sage grouse.

A sidebar to the story, “Clock ticking on sage grouse listing,” looks ahead at ways the core areas idea is spreading across the West and describes how time is running out for western states to prove the sage grouse isn’t endangered.