BLM Plan Would Add Sage Grouse Protections

Feb 3, 2014

Sage grouse in Wyoming could get new protections, if a Bureau of Land Management plan is adopted.

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.

The BLM’s Lisa Solberg Schwab says part of their plan involves adopting the core area strategy that Wyoming has already established.

“It’s not duplicating; it’s utilizing those tools, and it’s adding to them,” she said. “It’s a whole host of management actions over our different program areas that we manage.”

The BLM has released a draft Environmental Impact Statement on the plan and is hosting a series of public meetings across the state, beginning Monday.