Tom Christiansen, former Game and Fish sage grouse program coordinator calls on the state’s new chief executive to be cautious with regard to wildlife and federal leasing decisions.
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Budd says rig activity is not shifting to core habitat, despite spikes in leases and permits. The rate of drilling there, however, has doubled.
Agency’s preferred alternatives don’t account for four-year population slide, wildfire risks or landscape-scale coordination as the BLM aligns federal conservation plans with states’, experts charge. Others back the federal plan.
Next year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services will decide if the sage grouse will be listed as an endangered species
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead wants the federal government remove the sage grouse as a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act.