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Saving the Sagebrush Sea: An Imperiled Western Legacy

Nearly 350 plant and animal species depend on sagebrush habitat for their survival.


Sportsmen rally for sage grouse and an iconic Western landscape

Tue, 09/08/2015

Conserving sage grouse and their habitat will benefit hundreds of species. Image: Judith Kohler

DENVER  – With a decision looming on whether to federally protect the greater sage-grouse, Western sportsmen and women are reaffirming their support for plans to conserve the bird and the sagebrush lands that support hundreds of species, local economies, hunting and other outdoor traditions.

The National Wildlife Federation and members of its affiliates support conservation efforts by private landowners and state and federal agencies to rebuild sage grouse numbers and head off the need to protect the bird under the federal Endangered Species Act. A new fact sheet, “Saving the Sagebrush Sea: An Imperiled Western Legacy,” by NWF highlights wildlife dependent on the sagebrush steppe and sportsmen’s thoughts about the iconic Western landscape.

"The Bureau of Land Management’s sage-grouse plans unveiled in May along with the state plans "can be a lifeline for the species,” said Aaron Kindle, NWF's Western sportsmen's campaign manager.  “Sportsmen and women should get behind this broad-range plan. We have an obligation to ensure the future of sage grouse and the uniquely American landscape they call home, as well as the future of conservation in the West.”

BLM seeks comments on fair return for publicly owned coal

Sun, 08/30/2015

Proponents of changes to the federal coal program spoke in a recent hearing in Denver. Image: Judith Kohler

The Interior Department said it wanted to hear from the public about the best ways to ensure that the public get a fair return on publicly owned coal and the public turned out to have its say. Hundreds of people seeking a fair share for the public spoke at meetings in Washington and throughout the Rocky Mountain West.

The Bureau of Land Management is taking comments on proposed updates of the federal coal program until Sept. 17 at blm_wo_coal_comments@blm.gov





NWF voices concerns about oil, gas plan for CO’s ‘mule-deer’ factory

Sun, 08/23/2015

A new BLM oil and gas plan could add 15,000 new wells in Colorado's 'mule-deer factory.'

Western Colorado's White River deer herd has been one of the most prolific in the region, prompting people to call the area it roams the mule-deer factory. But the herd has experienced declines and state wildlife officials are studying the effects of oil and gas development on mule deer in the area. 

The National Wildlife Federation is concerned that a new oil and gas plan by the Bureau of Land Management's new oil and gas plan will further stress the herd.

Sportsmen, outdoor enthusiasts celebrate newly designated wilderness in Idaho

Sun, 08/09/2015



Highly prized fish and wildlife habitat is part of a new wilderness area in Idaho. Image: Idaho Wildlife Federation

Some of Idaho’s best high-alpine fish and wildlife habit now has permanent protection. The Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act was signed into law Aug. 7, setting aside 275,665 acres. The wilderness bill, long championed by Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson, was signed just three days after the Senate unanimously approved it. 

“On behalf of the many Idaho sportsmen and women who treasure this area, I want to thank Congressman Simpson for his tireless efforts to provide wilderness protections to the Boulder-White Clouds."~ Michael Gibson, Idaho Wildlife Federation executive director.