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Thu July 9, 2009
Fish and Wildlife service confirms wind farm ban in Sage Grouse areas
By Associated Press
Cheyenne, Wy – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says wind farms shouldn't be allowed in Wyoming's core population areas for sage grouse.
A supervisor in the agency's Wyoming field office made the
comments this week in response to an inquiry from the Wyoming Game
and Fish Department.
Gov. Dave Freudenthal issued an executive order last August
restricting development in critical sage grouse habitat, known as
core population areas.
Wyoming developed the restrictions to try to prevent the federal
government from listing sage grouse as an endangered species. The
listing decision is up to the Fish and Wildlife Service.
The state Game and Fish Department sought the Fish and Wildlife
Service's feedback this week as it deals with multiple wind
development proposals in core grouse areas.