Things are getting tougher for the Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). In January, the US Fish and Wildlife Service denied it protections under the Endangered Species Act. Now, the US Forest Service has decided to perform controlled burns of the Greater Sage-Grouse habitat. The good news is that the original planned 2000 acres has been cut to 300, thanks to protests by environmentalists and Nevada wildlife biologists. The bad news is that this burn is happening during prime nesting season. What’s more, it’s being done without a formal environmental assessment to determine what birds are in the burn zone, and how the burn is going to affect the Greater Sage-Grouse population.
The Sierra Club’s May 12 RAW newsletter has more details and it’s definitely worth subscribing to their weekly report. In addition, 10,000 Birds has a great perspective of this, as well as other issues.
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