The U.S. Department of the Interior is moving forward with its revision of the sage grouse's conservation plan, which will open up currently protected lands to oil and gas development. While Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and company claim the changes will increase flexibility for states to manage the birds on their own, the decision will remove protections for more than 60 million acres while ignoring the previous plan’s bipartisan support, decades of foundational research, and 40,000 public comments backing it. The Interior Department first took steps last August to undo the conservation plan that stretches across 11 states—even though it’s credited with keeping the spiny-feathered bird off the Endangered Species List.
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Interior Department Flips Sage Grouse Protectors the Bird
WASHINGTON – The Department of Interior took steps to invalidate key pieces of a locally-driven plan developed across 11 states to protect the greater sage grouse, an iconic bird surviving on just half of its historic Western range. U.S. Secretary…
Plan to Save the Greater Sage-Grouse a Breakthrough for the Wild American West
WASHINGTON (September 22, 2015) -- The Interior Department today announced a final plan to protect and preserve the habitat of the greater sage-grouse, an iconic species of the West that is threatened by commercial development and energy projects.
Save the Sage Grouse, Save the West
NRDC in ActionMontana, WyomingVirginia Sole-Smith
Why our success in saving the greater sage grouse is key to preserving millions of acres of habitat and hundreds of other species across the American West.