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

The federal government unveiled its latest plans to preserve fragile sagebrush land in 10 states, a contentious issue that has led to years of fighting over environmental and development issues that mark land use in the West. The plan was announced on Thursday in Cheyenne, Wy., by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. It focuses on steps to save the greater sage grouse, a small, imperiled bird, and touches such bedrock western issues as energy development and controlling the danger from wildfires. At stake is the Sagebrush Sea, millions of acres of grasslands that cross the West and are the living symbol of all the complications involved in using such lands. More than two dozen varieties of...

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