core area policy 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 Federal sage grouse protection plan draws criticism http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/federal-sage-grouse-protection-plan-draws-criticism <div><p>The federal government released a new plan for managing sage grouse habitat in Wyoming on Friday. The Bureau of Land Management says <a href="http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Planning/amendments/sage-grouse.html" target="_blank">the plan</a> will allow for consistent policies across federal and state lands, while protecting the bird from an endangered species listing.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 23:55:53 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 51895 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Federal sage grouse protection plan draws criticism Report shows sage grouse tolerance for disturbance is very low http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/report-shows-sage-grouse-tolerance-disturbance-very-low <p>A report by the U.S. Geological Survey documents how much human disturbance sage grouse can tolerate, and report co-author Steve Knick says the amount is very low.</p><p></p><p>He says most active leks, or breeding grounds, are in areas where less than three-percent of the land is developed.</p><p>Knick says the study shows that Wyoming is on the right track with its core area policy.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 23:01:52 +0000 Willow Belden 40157 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Report shows sage grouse tolerance for disturbance is very low