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7/23 – A new plan for Sage Grouse

With declining populations in 11 western states, the sage grouse could become protected under the Endangered Species Act unless states come up with a plan to balance land use and economic activities in the bird’s sagebrush steppe habitat. Earlier this summer, Governor Otter’s task force released the State of Idaho’s Draft Alternative for Sage Grouse Habitat. On our show I talked with task force members Bret Dumas, environmental supervisor for Idaho Power and Will Whelan, Director of Government Relations, Idaho Chapter of The Nature Conservancy about specifics of the proposed alternative and its potential to keep an ESA listing at bay.

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