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Eye On Boise sage grouse archive

FRIDAY, NOV. 24, 2017

In this May 9, 2008, file photo, male sage grouse fight for the attention of a female southwest of Rawlins, Wyo. The U.S. Forest Service is rethinking sage grouse protection plans in six Western states after a federal court agreed with mining companies that the agency illegally created some protections in Nevada. (AP/Rawlins Daily Times / Jerret Raffety)

Forest Service weighs changes to protections for sage grouse

The U.S. Forest Service is rethinking protection plans for sage grouse in six Western states after a U.S. court agreed with mining companies and others that the agency illegally created some safeguards in Nevada. The agency announced that it's working with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which also is reviewing its plans for the struggling...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 19, 2017

Public meetings set on sage grouse plan amendments

Federal officials have announced public meetings in Idaho to amend the 2015 sage grouse conservation plan. The BLM 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...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 17, 2017

Sage grouse (AP/File)

Idaho wary of Obama 'leftovers' working on sage grouse plan

Idaho has to be vigilant monitoring the federal government's creation of a new sage grouse conservation plan because of federal employees who worked on the previous plan that's too restrictive, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said Tuesday. "You have to know and you have to realize that there are a lot of prior administration folks still in those bureaus...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 6, 2017

Risch praises sage grouse announcement 

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch says he supports the Department of Interior’s change of direction on sage grouse conservation plans; here’s his full statement: “The last administration invited the western governors to create their own sage-grouse management plans. Those plans were subsequently rewritten on the banks...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 5, 2017

In this April 20, 2013 file photo, male greater sage grouse perform mating rituals for a female grouse, not pictured, on a lake outside Walden, Colo. The Interior Department says it is withdrawing protections for 10 million acres of federal lands used by the threatened sage grouse to open it up for energy development. The plan would allow mining and other development in areas where it now is prohibited in six Western states: Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. (AP / David Zalubowski)

Feds remove protections for 10M 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. The plan would allow mining and other development in areas where it now is prohibited in six Western states: Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2017

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 bird lives are fully consulted. While the federal government has a responsibility under the Endangered Species Act to protect the ground-dwelling bird, "we also...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017

Otter appeals dismissal of Idaho sage grouse lawsuit 

Gov. Butch Otter has appealed the dismissal of his sage grouse lawsuit, the AP reports, saying the state was not speculating about the damage that implementing the current federal sage grouse plans will have on private and public lands. Otter filed the notice with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. "We are optimistic...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2017

Idaho's sage grouse lawsuit dismissed by federal judge 

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A judge has rejected Idaho Gov. C.L. "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. U.S....

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TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2016

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 and might also benefit cattle ranchers. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Monday announced it's taking public comments through Jan. 3 on the plan to eliminate the trees from 940 square miles in Owyhee County...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5, 2016

Feds weigh mineral mining ban on 10M acres to protect sage grouse

The federal government is using a new assessment of mineral resources on 10 million acres in six Western states to decide whether to ban potential mining on the land to protect an imperiled bird. Scientists completed the 800-page review that looked at areas with high numbers of sage grouse and high-quality habitat for the bird. The review...

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