Protect The West’s Imperiled Landscapes
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Protecting the habitat of an iconic western bird—the sage-grouse—can ensure the survival of an ecosystem that supports golden eagles, elk, pronghorn, and mule deer. Your help is needed to prevent the U.S. Forest Service from turning over tens of millions of acres of wildlife habitat across the western U.S. to the oil and gas industry for fossil fuel development.
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. Although its population once numbered over 16 million, that has dwindled to 500,000 due to oil and gas development, livestock grazing and other threats.
The Trump administration is pushing to gut conservation plans for the sage-grouse’s habitat, selling out our public lands and putting rare bird species in danger for the sake of developing unnecessary, dirty fuels.
The U.S. Forest Service is asking for your input on the future of the sage-grouse. Urge the Trump Administration to protect sage-grouse and its habitat!
The conservation plans already in place should not be amended. In 2015, following an unprecedented collaboration among 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 the Trump administration, which continues to ignore everyone except fossil fuel lobbyists, is moving ahead with changes to the conservation plans that put at risk the sage-grouse and dozens of other rare species that 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.
Urge the U.S. Forest Service to leave the sage-grouse plans alone!
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