STATEMENT on the Bureau of Land Management’s unwinding of Trump-era sage-grouse plans Written by Aaron Weiss on Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 11, 2021

https://westernpriorities.org/2021/05/11/statement-on-the-bureau-of-land-managements-unwinding-of-trump-era-sage-grouse-plans/


DENVER—The Interior Department is moving quickly to reverse the damage of the Trump years and restore necessary protections for the imperiled greater sage-grouse. The bird shares the sagebrush ecosystem with 350 other species of wildlife, including mule deer and pronghorn antelope.
On Monday the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agreed in a court filing to restart the land use planning process in order to ensure the grouse is properly protected, laying the groundwork to revoke plans implemented by the Trump administration. The process will likely include new environmental reviews and reinstating the use of compensatory mitigation to offset the effects of oil and gas drilling in grouse habitat.
The Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Policy Director Jesse Prentice-Dunn:
“It’s a race against time to ensure the sage-grouse is protected from the dual threats of unchecked development and the impacts of climate change. The BLM is taking a necessary step to provide consistency in the management of millions of acres of sagebrush across the West that is based on science, not industry fear-mongering.
“This vital step will give the sage-grouse the chance to beat the clock when it comes to protecting enough of its habitat to ensure its survival. After four years of the Trump administration doing everything in its power to drill and mine our public lands, it’s refreshing to see an administration prioritize science over profits.”

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