In 2015, a coalition of conservation groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project, and WildEarth Guardians believed the Gunnison sage-grouse should have been listed as an endangered instead of threatened species. As part of the recent lawsuit agreement, the FWS has until October 2019 to release a draft recovery plan and until October 2020 to submit a final recovery plan for the Gunnison sage-grouse. For more details, see the Center for Biological Diversity news release and The Journal news article.