Audubon and other Scientists Reach Out to Dept. of Interior

Greater Sage-Grouse
Richard Pick

Greater Sage-grouse are a candidate species for listing under the Endangered Species Act, with a final decision being court mandated to be made by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service by Sept. 2015.  In an attempt to improve management for the species, the BLM (largest landowner for sage-grouse habitat) initiated the National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy. That national effort includes amending dozens of Resource Management Plan across 47 million acres (10 states) to incorporate policies and provisions designed to restore the bird and protect its dwindling sagebrush steppe habitat.  On June 3, Audubon Rockies joined leading scientists (many from WY and CO!) in a letter to Secretary Jewell at the Department of Interior, expressing concerns about the current state of the draft RMPs.  Read the letter.

 

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