Watching Government: Mapping sage grouse

Nick SnowWashington EditorMany Rocky Mountain producers already were aware of the sage grouse's potential impact on their operations when the US Department of the Interior released a breeding density map on Nov. 23 showing where the ground-dwelling wild bird is most prolific.Several identified sites are in major energy production regions. They are most heavily concentrated in Wyoming and Montana, but there also are several in eastern Utah and western Colorado.The US Bureau of Land Management prepared the map in coordination with the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, DOI's Fish and Wildlife Service, and the US Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Serv...

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