The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) monitoring of impacts on Sage Grouse: What will happen after Trump?
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) monitoring of impacts on Sage Grouse: In order to monitor the success of protectons for the Sage Grouse protections reached in the agreement between the USFWS, BLM, and many state and local agencies as well as extractive industries, the BLM has issued detailed plans that are available at https://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/september/nr_09_01_2016.html and
The BLM received “additional funding in Fiscal Year 2016 for geospatial data management including disturbance-related data”…such as “verifying proponent submitted spatial data (through aerial imagery, field inspections, or local knowledge); and incorporating SDARTT results into NEPA analysis.” This whole effort is now called into question with the election of Donald Trump because western states (won by Trump) have questioned the Sage Grouse measures and agreed to them due to the threat of imposition of Endangered Species Act listing. For example, the Wildlife Management Institutes notes that “There have been several efforts in Congress to undermine the land use plans. In addition to stand-alone legislation, language in the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act would give state governors the ability to preempt conservation plans on federal public lands.” The WMI coverage of this issue is available at https://wildlifemanagement.institute/outdoor-news-bulletin/september-2016/blm-directs-implementation-sage-grouse-plans
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