Jeff LaszloJeff LaszloFebruary 5, 20185min2064

If you’ve farmed, ranched, or owned land in the West, you’ve probably participated in a few discussions about the greater sage-grouse and its imperiled habitat. After two years of relative quiet on this front, Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke rekindled the debate last fall by opening up for public comment the 2015 agreement crafted by the previous administration in response to a court-ordered mandate for the bird’s protection.


Tom RamstackTom RamstackSeptember 29, 20176min605
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration reportedly will announce revised plans for protecting the greater sage-grouse as soon as this week in what conservationists criticize as a giveaway to the oil and gas industry. The formal notice of intent would amend 98 habitat management plans in 11 Western states, including Colorado, according to an advance copy […]

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Dan ElliottDan ElliottDecember 29, 20165min375

The Obama administration offered five possible plans Thursday for limiting mining on federal land in the West to protect the vulnerable greater sage grouse, but it isn't saying which it prefers. The options range from banning new mining activity on about 15,000 square miles for up to 20 years to imposing no additional restrictions on mine locations.