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Imperiled bird, the greater sage grouse, is key to land preservation plan
Imperiled bird, the greater sage grouse, is key to land preservation plan

The greater sage grouse once numbered into the millions, but its population has shrunk to no more than hundreds of thousands as human developments have expanded across 10 western states. Now, the fate of the imperiled bird, is at the center of a battle over to how to manage sagebrush lands that have long been the symbol of the West. The Obama administration this week announced its latest proposals to protect the grouse by limiting some development and restricting some types of drilling for oil or gas on the lands run by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. At the heart of the battle is a court-ordered deadline of Sept. 30 for the federal government to...

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