Sage grouse

BHA: New plan erodes habitat protections for greater sage grouse

MISSOULA, Mont. – New sage grouse management plans unveiled by the Bureau of Land Management could unravel years of stakeholder collaboration and reduce habitat conservation measures for sagebrush country that have played a major role in keeping the greater sage grouse off the Endangered Species List, according to a news release from Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. The BLM plans would…

Idaho governor, GOP leaders ask to join sage grouse suit

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…

In Wyoming, proposed oil and gas project in key sage grouse habitat draws concern

(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…

With Zinke-ordered review, sage grouse plan again in flux

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…

Idaho governor appeals dismissal of sage grouse lawsuit

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.