OPINION: Wyoming Outdoor Council Stands by Science-Based Plans to Protect Greater Sage-Grouse

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The following was written and submitted by Dustin Bleizeffer, the Communications Director of the Wyoming Outdoor Council.

 

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Today the Department of the Interior announced its plans to roll back sound, science-based protections for the imperiled Greater sage-grouse.

The Outdoor Council, our members, and our partners, will continue to defend the 2015 conservation plans that are the best hope for sustaining sage-grouse habitat.

After decades of crashing sage-grouse population numbers across the West, it was Wyoming that initiated and led a multi-year effort to come up with the sage-grouse conservation plans the Trump administration now seeks to weaken.

Why does this matter? If the sage-grouse is in trouble, so is our way of life in Wyoming.

The same habitats crucial to sage-grouse are also key to the sustainability of mule deer, elk, and some 350 other species.

As Wyomingites, we understand that a robust energy industry doesn’t have to come at the cost of imperiling our wildlife.