U.S. Forest Service advances changes to sage grouse protections in five Western states that environmental groups say are part of the Trump administration’s efforts favoring industry but that push the imperiled bird closer to extinction.
BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho ranch’s attempt to block U.S. efforts to protect the greater sage grouse has attracted the support of Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and other top state Republicans. Otter, House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill asked a federal judge last month for permission to intervene in a lawsuit targeting the federal government’s…
A directive issued in late July severely limits a type of land swap involving federal property. Critics say that eliminates an important technique for saving habitat for the shrinking population of greater sage grouse.
A controversial effort in Wyoming to breed sage grouse in captivity took a recent hit, when the only state-certified bird farm told the Wyoming Game and Fish Department that it will not collect eggs this spring. The move by Diamond Wings Upland Game Birds surprised state wildlife officials and interests on both sides. Diemer True, the owner, said a short…
Bill could have resulted in less hunting of the imperiled, ground-dwelling bird.
(Image courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture)Oil and gas activity in Wyoming’s Converse County is looking up, but a proposed project to ride off the expected boom reportedly poses a possible threat to the greater sage grouse. The project would involve drilling 5,000 wells over 10 years. The Douglas Core Area, which is protected sage grouse habitat, would be included…
Interior secretary ordered a reassessment of sage grouse protection plans.
And as do most conversations about conservation these days, this one eventually found its way to what can be done about the decline of hunting.
Farm would be the first in the U.S. to rear greater sage grouse for release in the wild.
The conservation plan that was years in the making affects 11 states, and just how much Zinke intends to tinker with it remains to be seen.
Their numbers have fallen by half in California over the last five years, with just about 2,100 sage grouse believed to survive in the state.
South Dakota’s Game, Fish and Parks Department wants to close the state’s hunting season on sage grouse after fewer male birds were seen dancing on their mating grounds this year.
A recent announcement by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that regulations protecting sage grouse will again be reviewed could put the plan that protects the bird with the unique mating dance in peril, according to reports. The Greater Sage Grouse Conservation Plan was, after years of negotiations, finalized in 2015. But two years later, the plan and ultimately the fate of sage…
Of the roughly 24 million acres planted through CRP in the U.S., about 1.4 million acres are in eastern Washington, home to about 1,000 of the birds.
The legal action was among a number of lawsuits filed in September 2015 after federal officials opted not to list sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act but announced federal land-use restrictions. Environmental groups later filed lawsuits contending the restrictions designed to protect sage grouse habitat didn’t go far enough.