A flying sage grouse in the sun. The Obama administration has released a draft plan to withdraw 10 million acres of federal lands in six states including Idaho from future mining claims in strongholds of the bird that depends on sagebrush habitat.
A flying sage grouse in the sun. The Obama administration has released a draft plan to withdraw 10 million acres of federal lands in six states including Idaho from future mining claims in strongholds of the bird that depends on sagebrush habitat. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
A flying sage grouse in the sun. The Obama administration has released a draft plan to withdraw 10 million acres of federal lands in six states including Idaho from future mining claims in strongholds of the bird that depends on sagebrush habitat. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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December 29, 2016 2:25 PM

BLM shows its hand on mining limits aimed at protecting sage grouse

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Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of several books, including "Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America," "The Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho" and "The Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho."

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