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Will a Wyoming strategy to
save the sage grouse work?

Casper Star Tribune [WY], by Benjamin Storrow

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Posted By:MissMolly, 7/26/2014 10:43:58 AM

Next year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide whether or not to list the sage grouse as an endangered species. It has the potential to be a watershed moment, and not just for the bird, whose numbers have been in steady decline for a half-century. Wyoming’s economy is built on the sagebrush steppes sage grouse call home. Some 15.3 million acres, or 25 percent of the state, is considered important habitat for the bird. Ranchers rely on these windswept lands to graze their cattle. Oil, gas and mining companies drill holes in the dusty surface to access the rich treasure

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 7/26/2014 11:41:00 AM     (No. 9941047)

What a clumsy headline. This reminds me of the Pennsylvania Dutch phrases my Dad used to repeat; " Throw Papa downstairs his hat." or "Throw the cow over the fence some hay."


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Reply 2 - Posted by: kono, 7/26/2014 12:36:13 PM     (No. 9941105)

That wording didn´t grab my attention at first, #1. But now that you´ve pointed it out...

Who´s up for a rally? Start preparing signs for protests that say "Sage Grouse Jobs Now!"

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Reply 3 - Posted by: oh-heck, 7/26/2014 3:02:00 PM     (No. 9941269)

There is a major effort at work here to define species by their habitat. When they succeed, they have the ability to block any development the might interfere with that habitat. A quick check of the internet showed 12 species or subspecies of grouse, including the prairie chicken. We The People need to tell our representatives that we believe that a subspecies can tolerate the building of a road, an oil collection pipe, a gas collection pipe and a acre pad to service a 60 acre section of shale. It seems to me that the 20 states that already drove their subspecies to extinction should have limited say for the states that are trying to capture the mineral wealth as well as save the species.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: marthaville, 7/26/2014 3:06:34 PM     (No. 9941274)

#3 do we all believe the sage grouse is more important than our economy?

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