sage grouse habitat http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en New Fracking Project Proposed In Sage Grouse Country http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-fracking-project-proposed-sage-grouse-country <p>A 5000-well oil and gas project proposed for the Powder River Basin is drawing sharp criticism from a wildlife advocacy group. &nbsp;Erik Molvar with WildEarth Guardians says the drilling would take place right in the middle of critical sage grouse habitat.</p><p>“Well, the 5000 wells are projected in an area of over a million acres to the north of Douglas, stretching all the way up in the Thunder Basin National Grassland and including several core areas that have been proposed priority habitat for sage grouse,” Molvar says.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 23:54:52 +0000 Melodie Edwards 58604 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Fracking Project Proposed In Sage Grouse Country BLM Plan Would Add Sage Grouse Protections http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/blm-plan-would-add-sage-grouse-protections <p>Sage grouse in Wyoming could get new protections, if a Bureau of Land Management plan is adopted.</p><p>The agency is proposing to cap the amount of disturbance that can happen on public land where the bird lives, and to impose other rules designed to protect sage grouse habitat.</p><p>The BLM’s Lisa Solberg Schwab says part of their plan involves adopting the core area strategy that Wyoming has already established.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:55:10 +0000 Willow Belden 53453 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org BLM Plan Would Add Sage Grouse Protections Ranchers may receive assurances in exchange for sage-grouse conservation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/ranchers-may-receive-assurances-exchange-sage-grouse-conservation <p></p><p>The&nbsp;U<span style="line-height: 1.5;">S&nbsp;Fish and Wildlife Service has announced&nbsp;a new plan that would give farmers and ranchers certain legal protections, if they undertake sage-grouse conservation efforts.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:25:24 +0000 Sara Hossaini 37058 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Ranchers may receive assurances in exchange for sage-grouse conservation Researchers study effect of core area policy on species other than sage grouse http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/researchers-study-effect-core-area-policy-species-other-sage-grouse <p>Researchers at the University of Wyoming conducting a study to figure out whether sage grouse core areas provide benefits to other species.</p><p>The group’s Matt Kauffman says it’s commonly assumed that the answer is yes.</p><p>“This is part of what ecologists call the umbrella species concept – that by protecting one species you can protect other species that use a similar habitat,” Kauffman said.</p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 17:26:43 +0000 Willow Belden & will 33862 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Researchers study effect of core area policy on species other than sage grouse New efforts focus on restoring sage grouse habitat, to prevent endangered species listing http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-efforts-focus-restoring-sage-grouse-habitat-prevent-endangered-species-listing <p>Sage grouse have been dying out in Wyoming and across the west for years, and the bird is being considered for endangered species listing. As a result, Wyoming has made a major push to preserve prime sage grouse habitat. But recently, scientists have been warning that conservation may not be enough. Studies have recommended that in addition to protecting habitat that’s still intact, the state needs to restore areas that have been disturbed. So now, a variety of agencies are working to come up with a plan for large-scale restoration. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 21:38:00 +0000 Willow Belden 25950 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New efforts focus on restoring sage grouse habitat, to prevent endangered species listing