01:14 AM

For Immediate Release

Trump Administration’s Greater-sage Grouse Plans Disaster for Species, West

WASHINGTON (May 2, 2018) – Bureau of Land Management state offices posted draft revisions to the National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy today, proposing scads of new provisions that would undermine and eliminate key protections for greater sage-grouse on 60 million acres of public lands.

Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO for Defenders of Wildlife, issued this statement:

“The Trump administration’s effort to sell out sage-grouse and the Sagebrush Sea for drilling and mining not only threatens wildlife, but also harms local communities and sustainable economies that depend on this landscape. The current conservation plans ensure a consistent, minimum level of protection for sage-grouse and other wildlife, while also accommodating regional priorities for land use and development. They should be given a chance to work."

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