Conservationists filed suit today in U.S. District Court in Montana against the Bureau of Land Management and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to demand that the administration uphold the deal made to save the greater sage-grouse and its habitat in 10 Western states.
Background: Today, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a series of conservation decisions of historic scale aimed at rescuing the greater sage grouse from the threat of extinction and conserving its habitat across the West.
The proposed TransWest Express transmission project would cross parts of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. It would connect the largest wind energy project ever proposed in Wyoming to the Las Vegas area.
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.
WASHINGTON D.C.- Today the United States Fish and Wildlife Service announced a warranted but precluded listing for the greater sage-grouse, adding the species to the candidate list under the Endangered Species Act. In response to this announcement, The Wilderness Society issued the following statements:
Nada Culver, Director of The Wilderness Society’s BLM Action Center in Denver, Colorado.
The greater sage-grouse — a once abundant bird in Colorado and throughout the West — is declining at an unprecedented rate. Numerous threats, including expansive energy development, continue to severely impact the sage-grouse and its habitat. Because of these rapid declines, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will decide in March whether to protect the greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act.