Today, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke received recommendations from his staff to reduce conservation efforts that currently protect the iconic sage grouse and its habitat, risking the survival of this bird and the more than 350 species these same lands support.
A new multi-state plan for the greater sage-grouse could include conservation measures to protect more than 50 million acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land that provides critical habitat for the species. Secretary Sally Jewell announced the plan on May 28 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
First is the nominee for Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals in the Department of Interior. President Obama has nominated Janice Schneider, a veteran of the department, to fill the position that has been vacant for more than 2 years.