Stories tagged: sage grouse
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 2:05 p.m.
Idaho wary of Obama ‘leftovers’ working on sage grouse plan
Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says the state has to be vigilant monitoring the federal government’s creation of a new sage grouse conservation plan because of federal employees who worked …
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 10:34 p.m.
Feds plan to remove protections for 10 million acres of sage grouse habitat
The Interior Department said Thursday it is withdrawing protections for 10 million acres of federal lands used by the threatened sage grouse to open it up for energy development.
Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 10:35 a.m.
New plan will work with states on sage grouse, Interior Dept. says
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says a new federal plan to protect the threatened sage grouse will grant more flexibility to the 11 Western states where the bird lives.
UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017, 4:49 p.m.
Interior chief to review sage-grouse conservation plan
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday he is ordering a review of federal efforts to conserve the imperiled sage grouse to ensure that officials in 11 Western states where the …
UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 3:27 p.m.
Study: Fed program beneficial to Washington sage grouse
A new study of sage grouse in Eastern Washington has found a surprisingly large benefit from a federal program that subsidizes farmers to plant grasses and native shrubs instead of …
Sun., March 26, 2017, 4:42 p.m.
Livestock grazing can benefit struggling sage grouse, study says
A new study disputes a widely-held view that livestock grazing is largely incompatible with a ground-dwelling bird that has suffered a dramatic population decline across its 11-state range in the …
Fri., Jan. 6, 2017, 10:25 a.m.
Idaho’s sage grouse lawsuit dismissed by federal judge
judge has rejected Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s lawsuit contending the Obama administration acted illegally by imposing federal land-use restrictions intended to protect the sage grouse in Idaho and southwestern Montana.
Thu., Dec. 29, 2016, 9:57 a.m.
Obama plan would bar new mining to protect chest-puffing grouse
The Obama administration teed up plans to block hard-rock mining on as much as 10 million acres in the western U.S. to protect the greater sage grouse, setting up a …
Tue., Nov. 22, 2016, 1:58 p.m.
Massive project proposed to remove juniper trees in Idaho
Federal officials are proposing one of the largest ever projects to remove juniper trees to protect habitat for imperiled sage grouse.
Wed., Sept. 14, 2016, 3:35 p.m.
Sage grouse suffer as politicians and conservationists square off
Conservation organizations, public officials, energy executives and ranchers have squared off in a battle over whether to protect the birds or protect development that brings tax dollars to states. Their …
Thu., Sept. 8, 2016, 8:55 p.m.
Ag secretary says private investment needed to help grouse
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced grants on Thursday for a pair of programs that will attempt to use private financing to conserve land across the Western U.S. as part …
Fri., Aug. 12, 2016, 8:08 p.m.
U.S. announces plans to protect rare Colorado, Utah birds
Federal land managers announced long-awaited plans to protect the rare Gunnison sage grouse, a bird found only in Colorado and Utah.
Wed., June 1, 2016, 12:46 p.m.
Sage grouse concerns nix Oregon energy project
A federal appeals court has nixed a large wind energy project in southeast Oregon.
Thu., May 12, 2016, 11:55 a.m.
Oil, gas industry challenges efforts to protect sage grouse
The oil and gas industry on Thursday challenged in federal court drilling restrictions imposed by the Obama administration to protect a struggling bird that ranges across 11 Western states.
Sat., April 16, 2016, 5 p.m.
Sage grouse on display at Conservancy site
As the sun creeps up over the foothills, the pointed, bulbous forms of the birds appear, rising above the woody desert plants for which they are named.
Thu., Jan. 14, 2016, 11:55 a.m.
Montana approves relocation of sage grouse to Canada
Montana will send dozens of sage grouse to the Canadian province of Alberta in a plan approved Thursday that faces opposition from some lawmakers who say the state should first …
Thu., Dec. 10, 2015
Editorial: Idaho’s legal hire looks bad
This is the kind of revolving-door hiring practice that is prohibited under other states’ ethics laws.
Mon., Dec. 7, 2015, 3:26 p.m.
Idaho pays more to Otter’s former top lawyer, now that he’s left state employment
Gov. Butch Otter’s former chief lawyer has been paid more by the state in the past two months than his annual salary when he left state employment in April - …
Sat., Sept. 26, 2015
Idaho sues over Interior’s sage grouse ruling
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and the state Legislature on Friday filed a lawsuit over the Obama administration’s sage grouse ruling, even though that ruling said endangered species protections …
Tue., Sept. 22, 2015, 7:21 a.m.
US rejects protections for greater sage grouse across West
BILLINGS, Mont. — The Interior Department said Tuesday that the greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections following a …
Fri., May 29, 2015
Sage grouse rules would affect 10 states
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Interior Secretary Sally Jewell revealed plans Thursday to preserve habitat in 10 Western states for an imperiled ground-dwelling bird, the federal government’s biggest land-planning effort to date …
Sun., Feb. 22, 2015, 10:13 a.m.
Idaho puts forward plan to protect sage grouse habitat
BOISE — The Idaho Department of Lands has put forward a draft plan to protect sage grouse habitat on state endowment land as part an effort to avoid a federal …
Sun., Oct. 12, 2014, 1:35 p.m.
Environmental groups eye Idaho sage grouse ruling
BOISE — A small portion of a federal judge’s ruling in Idaho against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management concerning grazing permits in sage grouse habitat is being eyed as …
Sun., May 4, 2014
Sage lands seeded with grouse
In a translocation program started eight years ago, 38 sage grouse captured in Oregon were released last month in Washington to boost residual populations south of Creston. The 21,000-acre Swanson …
Wed., April 30, 2014, 8:33 a.m.
Feds spend $236M to help landowners protect grouse
CASPER, Wyo. — The federal government has paid $236 million to landowners in 11 states to preserve sage grouse habitat amid a debate over whether the bird should be listed …
Sun., May 19, 2013
Bringing back Washington’s prairie grouse
Prairie grouse, formerly abundant in the sage-steppe regions of Eastern Washington, are slowly improving from the brink of extirpation with the help of other states. During the grouse breeding period …
Sun., April 28, 2013
Study: Sage grouse leave breeding sites when human disturbance tops 3%
BOISE – Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey analyzing sage grouse breeding areas say the ground-dwelling birds need sagebrush-dominated landscapes with a minimum level of human activity to thrive. The …
Sun., March 10, 2013
Deel may keep sage grouse off endangered species list
As native sage grouse enter their mating season on the sage lands of the West, a deal is being forged to perpetuate the spectacle. Hoping to keep sage grouse from …
Sun., June 24, 2012
Task force offers sage grouse plan
BOISE – A 16-member task force appointed by Gov. Butch Otter to figure out a way to dissuade the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from listing sage grouse as an …
Sun., Jan. 8, 2012
Out & About: More highlights in 2011 outdoors
OUTFIELD – Notable additions to last week’s 2011: The Year Outdoors: