The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has proposed that the dunes sagebrush lizard (Sceloporus arenicolus) be protected under the Endangered Species Act. The public has 60 days to comment on the proposal.
According to USFWS, the dunes sagebrush lizard is in danger of extinction across its entire range due to ongoing significant threats of habitat loss and fragmentation. These threats include oil and gas activities, as well as herbicide treatments. The removal of shinnery oak and creation of roads and pads, pipelines, and power lines for oil and gas development is a measurable factor impacting the dunes sagebrush lizard, according to USFWS.