Matt Mead

Trump administration to reconsider protections for rare sage grouse

Trump administration to reconsider protections for rare sage grouse

The Obama administration’s plan to save the greater sage grouse was widely heralded as a landmark moment in collaborative conservation when, nearly two years ago, former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the effort to protect the rare Western bird.

Republican and Democratic governors expressed support. So did many ranchers and environmental groups. While not everyone declared the plan perfect, it went a long way toward easing years of tension over a divisive issue that combined politics, energy development, land use, wildlife conservation and climate change.

The new effort also seemed to assure that another polarizing development would not happen: the potential listing...

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