January 8, 2014 | Volume 101 / Number 2

Protect The Sage Grouse

Without Killing Montana's Economy

Gov. Bullock has taken on a tough task: developing a Greater Sage Grouse habitat policy that won’t harm Montana’s economy. His plan must be in place before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decides in 2015 if the bird should be listed as Threatened or Endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. All parties agree that an ESA listing would be a disaster for Montana.

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The impacted land area is huge, mostly in central and eastern Montana where ranching, farming, oil, gas, hunting and mining activities are prevalent. A Task Force of stakeholders, led by the Montana Department of Fish,...

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