In his first year as Interior Department Secretary, Ryan Zinke has revealed his true colors as a loyal friend to the fossil fuel industry, issuing secretarial orders to systematically strike down dozens of environmental safeguards that protect Americans and their land, air and water.
Today, the Interior Department announced it will be working toward broad changes to the landmark sage grouse conservation plans, putting the fate of the greater sage grouse and the more than 350 species that its habitat supports at risk of survival.
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.