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Review team submits sage-grouse management recommendations

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The U.S. Department of the Interior released a report, developed by the Sage-Grouse Review Team, which provides an assessment of the 2015 federal Greater Sage-Grouse plans and makes recommendations for changes to policies and regulations to complement state management efforts of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). The “Report in Response to Secretarial Order 3353” was submitted to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Aug. 4, and was published with a memorandum from Secretary Zinke to Interior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt on Aug. 7. Secretarial Order 3353: “Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation and Cooperation with Western States” was signed by Secretary Zinke in June, prompting the establishment of the Sage-Grouse Review Team and the development of the Report. The Team was composed of professionals from Interior, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, and BLM in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service and the Sage Grouse Task Force (SGTF). The Review Team met with SGTF in July to further refine and validate the issues and action options covered in the Report. The Team also took steps to ensure the Report addressed issues and concerns laid out in the Secretarial Order. For example, Section 4b(v) of the Order calls for recommendations to be [...]


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