Funds from overturned oil and gas lease sales have already been disbursed for school kids, elderly, disabled and those “below the poverty line,” Wyoming said.
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.
A preliminary count of hunter-supplied wings shows a low ratio of chicks to hens, a key population indicator.
Anticipated decline establishes 3-year trend; is part of a West-wide slide in the species.
Grouse team leader says tweaked recommendations don’t change state’s commitment as Gordon adopts “vast majority” of expert advice.