No matter which way you look at it greater sage-grouse are in trouble. With population declines of over 90% from a century ago, and with remaining habitats under continued pressure from threats such as oil and gas development, the greater sage-grouse is teetering on the brink.
Background: Today, Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), with original cosponsor Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), introduced the Natural Resources Climate Adaptation Act of 2009 (S. 1933) to protect communities, public health, and the economy by safeguarding our treasured lands, water, and wildlife from the impacts of global warming.
Statement by David Moulton, Director of Climate Change Policy
We prefer to inform you about advances in wild land conservation, but this week that opportunity has been denied for Idaho’s magnificent backcountry forests.
At the end of January, a federal district court upheld a dangerous federal rule that eliminates protection for 400,000 acres of Idaho’s wild backcountry and exposes more than 5 million acres in the state to greater threat of development.