Sage Grouse Announcement Expected Today

sage_grouse-300Land managers, the oil and gas industry, conservation groups, environmentalists and local officials are anticipating a decision today on whether or not the Greater Sage Grouse will be listed under the Endangered Species Act. The bird, which has been thriving in Colorado and Wyoming, is found in 11 states, and environmentalists favor a one-size-fits-all approach. Those familiar with the bird and its habitat have shown that the species is thriving in certain areas of the country, due to local and state efforts. While environmentalists claim the bird is being threatened by oil and gas development, studies show grouse actually gravitate to those development sites, due to the lack of predators in the area. The Bureau of Land Management yesterday announced that U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will make a “major announcement” today related to the conservation effort for the greater sage-grouse.

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