Wyoming team recommends Gov. Mead revise greater sage grouse conservation protections, to prohibit drilling in winter concentration areas.
Feds might move to list sage grouse as threatened or endangered if Wyoming fails to protect the largest known winter concentration area for the birds, some observers say.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Gov. Matt Mead on Wednesday signed agreements with nine Wyoming ranching families aimed at preserving sage grouse and the ranch operations on 39,000 acres.
Federal land managers incorporate Wyoming’s sage grouse “core areas” protection strategy in hopes to avoid ESA listing.