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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.
 


 

The path to Westerners' hearts -- and votes -- runs through public lands

Date: 
Wed, 10/28/2015

Former Interior Secretary and U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar urged presidential candidates to debate issues Westerners care about. Image: Judith Kohler

There’s a “Royal-Gorge-sized chasm between Coloradans” and some presidential candidates’ views on public lands, wildlife and conservation, says Ken Salazar.

The former Interior Secretary and U.S. senator was among the speakers at a news conference Tuesday who detailed what that they want to hear the candidates discuss. People in Colorado and the West care about public lands, water and wildlife, he said. And they don’t want public lands transferred to the states or sold to the highest bidders.

“Colorado voters, I know, oppose this idea,” Salazar said. “These proposals make absolutely no sense. These ideas deserve to be rejected.”

NWF: Feds’ decision on sage grouse charts course to save species & landscape

Date: 
Sun, 10/18/2015

 

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was joined by other federal officials and four Western governors to announce the greater sage-grouse will not be listed. Image: NWF

“What’s good for the bird is good for the herd." ~ National Wildlife Federation President and CEO Collin O'Mara

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to give state and federal conservation efforts an opportunity to save the greater sage grouse and its habitat is the right decision for the grouse, the hundreds of other species of the sagebrush steppe and the sportsmen, wildlife enthusiasts, ranchers and local economies that depend on this Western landscape.

Sportsmen rally for sage grouse and an iconic Western landscape

Date: 
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

Date: 
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

 

 

 

 

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