Imperiled Sage-Grouse Now Confronted by Weakened Forest Plans

Washington, D.C. — Proposed changes to the U.S. Forest Service’s 2015 conservation plans for the greater sage-grouse could further imperil the iconic bird. The National Wildlife Federation, which has led efforts to safeguard the greater sage-grouse and its habitat across the West, urged the agency to reconsider its approach.

“Westerners stood together and told Washington to work to conserve the sage-grouse. The U.S. Forest Service should heed these calls and rethink weakening its conservation plans,” said Tracy Stone-Manning, associate vice president of public lands for the National Wildlife Federation. “The changes the agency is proposing are less drastic than the Department of Interior’s, but they are still worrisome for the future of the species. The federal government should honor the deal it made with the West and give the plans a chance to work.”

The U.S. Forest Service will be taking comments on the draft revisions for 90 days. To read more information and comment on the plans go to the US Forest Service site.

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