|Greater sage grouse |
(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Jeannie Stafford)
"A sage grouse coordinator with the Forest Service said the goal is to protect habitat while also making more land available to recreation, mining and grazing," Cooper McKim reports for Wyoming Public Radio. But Michael Saul with the Center for Biological Diversity told McKim that the plan will put the bird "on the road to extinction."
The plan would remove sagebrush focal areas, which were recognized in 2015 as habitat critical to the bird's survival, Scott Streater reports for Energy & Environment News. It also says that states and the federal government no longer have to cooperate before approving certain kinds of development.
|Greater sage grouse permanent habitat|
(map from DakotaBirds.com)
The draft is subject to a 90-day public comment period that runs through Jan. 3.