Thursday, June 08, 2017

Why the Trump Administration Is Targeting This Rare Bird (SO 3353)

For half a decade, the sage grouse held the dubious honor of being one of the most fought over birds in the United States as conservationists tried to guard its habitat while landowners countered that such protections could slow economic growth. After years of review, stakeholders reached an agreement in 2015 to avoid listing the species as endangered, prompting strict rules about its habitat. Now, President Trump's Department of Interior has launched a 60-day review of the species protection plan negotiated by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, 11 states and landowners. The order, issued by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, says the review process will consider improvements to conservation efforts while taking into account "the value of energy and other development of public lands." Oil and gas energy interests engaged in the process of developing a plan to save the species, but viewed the outcome as a mixed result. The lack of an endangered species represented a win, though the companies remained unhappy that the federal government retained authority to manage the species on public land...more

Secretarial Orer 3353 is embedded below

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