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Interior Announces Sage-Grouse Conservation Plans for Tens of Millions of Acres of the American West

Over 60 percent of key grouse habitat on federal lands will gain improved protections.

Today, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, along with Bureau of Land Management Chief Neil Kornze and Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, announced 14 Regional Management Plans for the Greater Sage-Grouse on public lands in 10 states of the American West. The National Audubon Society released the following statement:

“This strategy is about replacing gridlock with hope. It’s about replacing the specter of extinction with the promise of collaboration,” said Audubon Vice President for Government Relations Mike Daulton. “If we’re going to avoid having to put the sage-grouse on the endangered species list, the federal government, the states, and private landowners all have to do their parts. This plan is the federal government’s commitment to do its part – to do what it can to secure the future for people and for America’s iconic sagebrush ecosystem. It’s about making the West work for people and for wildlife alike.”

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