Obama administration to broaden sage grouse conservation efforts

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Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management to update land-use plans with sage grouse protections

Summary:

  • The Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service will update their land-use plans, which outline areas open to development and those that should be protected, to include conservation measures for imperiled sage grouse, the Interior Department announced today
  • The federal agencies plan to take a comprehensive approach in responding to the multiple threats to the sage grouse across the western U.S., looking for ways to conserve the species and coordinate habitat conservation across large swaths of land spanning both agencies’ boundaries
  • The greater sage grouse has disappeared from almost half of its former range, and the population has declined by more than half since the late 1960s. Habitat loss is the main threat to the sage grouse’s survival, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
  • Defenders of Wildlife is encouraged by the Obama administration’s broad scale approach to sage grouse conservation and will work with the agencies, states and other stakeholders to ensure that it results in a science-based, comprehensive plan to protect the species from extinction
WASHINGTON (12/09/2011) -

The following is a statement from Peter Nelson, federal lands program director with Defenders of Wildlife:


“Conserving the sage grouse and the habitat it depends on is of critical importance to the western way of life.  We’re encouraged by the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service’s plan to put in place essential protections for sage grouse and to coordinate their conservation measures across the region. We’re counting on the Obama administration to put forward a smart, scientifically-sound and coordinated strategy for conserving the species and its habitat – one that allows for responsible land use and development while protecting wildlife and public lands for future generations of Americans.”

Background:

Read more about this announcement on Defenders’ experts blog, dotWild.

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Links:

http://experts.defendersblog.org/2011/12/greater-sage-grouse-the-focus-o...

 

Contact(s):

James Navarro, 202-772-0247

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