On September 22, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined federal land management plans and partnerships with states, ranchers, and NGOs avert an endangered species listing. On the same day, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) issued Records of Decisions finalizing land use plans that will conserve key sagebrush habitat and address identified threats to the greater sage-grouse on federal land.

On July 24, the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) adopted new rules that address potential conflicts between “large-scale development” and sage grouse habitat.  They became effective on August 13. State law, ORS 197.646(3) requires Deschutes County to implement them. The Board of County Commissioners adopted comprehensive plan and zoning text amendments consistent with State law on December 21.