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Sage grouse review stirs controversy

We know the ranching community, specifically public lands ranchers, have unique challenges and opportunities. This one-size-fits-all approach restricted our ability to play our part in this conservation effort.” One of the keys is increasing ground cover which is accomplished with … Continue reading

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Mining Companies Frustrated With BLM Proposal

 The Department of Interior, along with the Bureau of Land Management, has proposed that 10 million acres of federal mining land be withdrawn in order to protect sage grouse populations. Critics allege that the measure is unnecessary and will not … Continue reading

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The Grouse That Roared: Will Voluntary Conservation Efforts Work in the Intermountain West?

… opposition to federal intervention on the sage grouse ran high out West. Nearly everyone I met wanted the sage grouse saved, but not placed on the endangered species list. The surest way to ruin a perfectly good grassland is … Continue reading

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Sage grouse ploy a wolf in sheep’s clothing

Instead of turning to the controversial ESA, the administration is sticking with a package of highly complex land management plans …to be administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), cover the entire 167-million-acre sage grouse habitat and contain land-use … Continue reading

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Sage grouse, Western ranchers dodge the ESA bullet, sort of

…it’s likely that many people in the West consider the decision to not list the bird as a huge victory. Whether or not it’s a lasting victory remains to be seen. Indeed, once these crazy ideas break the surface, they … Continue reading

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Ranchers applaud USDA’s $211 million for sage grouse conservation

 It’s an example of how ranchers and the federal government can cooperate in a win-win effort that keeps grazing lands productive for both cattle and wildlife. It is a shining example of a crock of government crap and “welfare for … Continue reading

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Tiny sage grouse casts giant shadow over rural West

Ranchers, too, are in the crosshairs of the of the BLM strategy. “Livestock grazing and habitat conservation go hand in hand, and ranchers have historically proven themselves to be the best stewards of the land,” said Brenda Richards, president of … Continue reading

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BLM Plans for Public Lands Use vs Sage Grouse Released

Grazing in Montana is not widely identified as a threat to the Greater Sage-Grouse. Well of course. One wouldn’t expect anything else would one? (Sarcasm in case you didn’t notice.) The reality is that planned grazing could easily fix the … Continue reading

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Wanted – Sage Grouse Protectors – Annual Salary at $100,000

Did you ever notice how government’s  universal solution to all “problems” is to throw money at them? The problem is that it is never their own money. — jtl, 419 by Peter Christian, KGVO This from the Associated Press via … Continue reading

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USDA partnership improving sage-grouse habitat, grazing lands

“Thanks to the interest from ranchers and support of our conservation partners, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is working to secure this species’ future while maintaining our vibrant western economies,” Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie said … Continue reading

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