DOI's Review of Greater Sage-Grouse Management: What's Next and Implications for States, Public Lands, and the Sage-Grouse
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AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
Public Land and Resources Committee
DOI's Review of Greater Sage-Grouse Management: What's Next and Implications for Public Lands, States, and the Sage-Grouse
Thursday, December 14, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern
Committee Program Call
In June, U. S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued a Secretarial Order seeking to improve cooperation with Western States on land management issues regarding the conservation of the Greater Sage-Grouse. As the result of federal litigation in Nevada, the Secretary called for a broad review of the 2014/2015 Sage-Grouse Resource Management Plan (RMP) amendments. These plan amendments were the culmination of several years of local, state, and federal efforts to avoid listing the bird as threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act. An August report prepared by Secretary Zinke’s initial review team recommended a shift from managing for sage-grouse habitat conservation to managing for population targets, as well as reconsideration of grazing and leasing limitations and increasing the role of state conservation plans. In October, the DOI canceled its withdrawal from mineral development of some 10 million acres of public and National Forest lands located within Sagebrush Focal Areas. At the same time, DOI initiated a scoping process seeking comment on the Greater Sage-Grouse land management issue that could warrant land use plan amendments. Public comment ended on December 1, 2017.
The implications of Secretary Zinke’s review on western resource management, state conservation plans, public land users, and ultimately, the sage-grouse will be discussed by a group of distinguished panelists:
Allen Freemyer, The Western Grouse Coalition
Sara Brodnax, Senior Manager, Environmental Defense Fund’s habitats program
Laura K. Granier, attorney with Holland & Hart, LLP, involved with the federal district court challenge, Nevada and Northeastern California RMP
Mike McGrady, Natural Resource Advisor to Wyoming Governor Matt Mead
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