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Trump administration announces plans to slash sage grouse protections

Plans affect seven western states

February 19, 2020

The Trump administration announced new plans to slash protections for the greater sage grouse in Colorado, northeastern California, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming.

In October 2019, a judge blocked an earlier attempt by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to finalize sweeping changes to sage grouse plans that would reduce safeguards against livestock grazing, oil and gas development, hard-rock mining, and other threats to the sagebrush ecosystem. Conservation groups sued, and in October a judge blocked the plans. Sadly, BLM’s new sage grouse plans are in the same vein, and threaten to doom the bird to extinction.

The BLM will take public comment for 45 days on its renewed effort to reduce sage grouse habitat protections. The comment period closes April 6, 2020.

Read the press release.

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