Protect this iconic bird’s habitat
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The health of this iconic bird’s habitat determines the survival of an entire ecosystem, including the golden eagle, elk, pronghorn and mule deer. But if the oil and gas industry has its say, tens of millions of acres of wildlife habitat across the western U.S. could soon make way for fossil fuel development.
Help ensure the survival of the imperiled sage-grouse today!
The sage-grouse, a flamboyant, chicken-sized bird with an amazing courtship ritual, can be found only in the sagebrush plains of the American West and once had a population of over 16 million. Due to oil and gas development, livestock grazing, and other threats, its population has dwindled to 500,000.
In 2015, in an unprecedented collaboration between state and federal land management and wildlife protection agencies, as well as industry and conservationists, the federal Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service completed science-based conservation plans to preserve the sage-grouse and its habitat while allowing for reasonable uses of the land.
But now, the Trump administration’s jet-setting Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is pushing to gut these historic conservation plans, selling out our public lands and putting rare species in danger for unnecessary dirty fuel development.
The Trump administration is ignoring everyone except the fossil fuel lobbyists and moving ahead with changes that put at risk the sage-grouse and dozens of other rare species who rely on broad expanses of sagebrush in California, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and the Dakotas. This irresponsible move by the Trump administration affects us all.
Tell Secretary Zinke to leave the sage-grouse plans alone!
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