"BLM Releases Long-Awaited Sage Grouse Protections"

"The Bureau of Land Management’s compromise proposal incorporates aspects of previous plans by both the Biden and Trump administrations."

"The Biden administration released its proposal Thursday to protect the greater sage grouse across the West, incorporating tough restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other land uses near the bird’s habitat.

But the Bureau of Land Management’s “preferred alternative” also includes “flexibilities” that would allow exemptions on some measures, particularly renewable energy development, near sage grouse habitat.

How to protect the imperiled bird, which lives on the sagebrush found across many Western states, for decades has been one of the most difficult problems for the BLM and states. The population of sage grouse has plummeted in many states for much of the past decade, with conservationists urging the federal government to take dramatic action."

Scott Streater reports for E&E News March 14, 2024.


"Biden Administration Moves to Protect the Sage Grouse" (New York Times)

"BLM Plan To Protect Sage Grouse Raises Questions For Farmers, Environmentalists" (Oregon Capital Insider)

"U.S. Moves To Save Imperiled Bird Of The West By Limiting Oil Drilling" (Washington Post)


Source: E&E News, 03/15/2024