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Public meetings set on sage grouse plan amendments

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have announced public meetings in Idaho to amend the 2015 sage grouse conservation plan. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management in a news release Wednesday says meetings are set for Nov. 2 in Twin Falls, Nov. 6 in Idaho Falls, and Nov. 7 in Marsing. The Interior Department last week announced plans to amend the 2015 sage grouse plan that has been unpopular with Idaho officials. Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has been critical of the plan that he says is too restrictive and ignores Idaho conservation efforts. BLM State Director Tim Murphy says Idaho has a large proportion of the nation's sage-steppe rangeland and the public meetings are an opportunity to offer suggestions on how the BLM manages that land for sage grouse.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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