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Forest Service to change sage grouse protections in 5 states

Plans for protecting sage grouse in five Western states are being changed in ways that will conserve habitat while allowing ranchers to maintain their livelihoods, federal officials said Thursday.

U.S. eases land restrictions meant to protect sage grouse in West

The Trump administration has finalized changes to sweeping federal land use plans for Western states to ease energy industry restrictions in a way officials say will protect a struggling bird …

Kathy Love: No country for the old sage grouse

The mating dance of the sage grouse is like a ballet with percussion and wind. If you were to view it in slow motion, here’s what you’d see: Costumed in …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 4:49 p.m.

U.S. to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird

The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling, mining and other activities across millions of acres in the American West that …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 5, 2018, 12:59 p.m.

Forest Service advances changes to sage grouse protections

The U.S. Forest Service is advancing changes to sage grouse protections in five Western states that environmental groups say are part of the Trump administration’s efforts favoring industry but that …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 3, 2018, 12:03 p.m.

Idaho governor, GOP leaders ask to join sage grouse suit

An Idaho ranch’s attempt to block U.S. efforts to protect the greater sage grouse has attracted the support of Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and other top state Republicans.

U.S. judge reinstates proposed listing of bi-state sage grouse

A U.S. judge who earlier ruled federal wildlife officials illegally denied Endangered Species Act protection for a population of bi-state sage grouse in California and Nevada in 2015 has reinstated …

Habitat loss means Washington sage grouse in trouble

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Derek Stinson considers the sage grouse a “flagship” species for the shrub-steppe, much like the spotted owl is for the state’s troubled old-growth …

Federal agency pauses tree-removal plan to help sage grouse

The federal government on Wednesday put on hold one of the largest-ever projects to remove juniper trees to help an imperiled species after an appeal by an environmental group seeking …

In reversal, Pentagon now says it backs GOP measure on birds

In an abrupt reversal, the Pentagon said Thursday it supports a Republican proposal in a defense policy bill that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from using the Endangered …

Forest Service proposes changes to sage grouse protections

The U.S. Forest Service proposed changes Wednesday to sage grouse protections in six Western states that call for eliminating special designations for crucial habitat as well as keeping areas open …

Sage grouse DNA study maps crucial mating grounds in U.S. West

Sage grouse have a vast network of mating grounds in the U.S. West akin to interconnected regional airport hubs that the imperiled species is using to maintain genetic diversity across …

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 12, 2018, 12:12 p.m.

Othello rancher leaves millions to benefit Eastern Washington causes, including health care, wildlife

During the past four decades, on the outskirts of Othello, a quiet bachelor built a small fortune raising cattle. Today the millions of dollars William Crosetto earned from ranching and …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 2:07 p.m.

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 that the agency illegally created some safeguards …

States warn Trump against big changes in sage grouse plan

Two governors are warning the Trump administration against big changes in a plan to protect a ground-dwelling bird across the West, saying it would send a message to states not …

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.

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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

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.

Sage grouse concerns nix Oregon energy project

A federal appeals court has nixed a large wind energy project in southeast Oregon.

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.

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.