8 Jan 2016

Idaho to Host Workshop on Endangered Species Act Reform

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Idaho to Host Workshop on Endangered Species Act Reform

The following news release comes from Boise State Public Radio. It announces plans by Governor “Butch” Otter to lead a meeting with the Western Governors’ Association in Boise. The nonpartisan group wants states to share ideas about species management after Idaho filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the sage grouse decision in […]

29 Dec 2015

Comments to the BLM on Behalf of the Idaho Mining Association

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Comments to the BLM on Behalf of the Idaho Mining Association

The Idaho Mining Association submitted the following comments on the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed withdrawal of at least 10 million acres of federal land from mining activity, an important source of high-wage jobs and a vital contributor to Idaho’s economy. The proposed plans would replace the state’s conservation plans that already proved effective for sage grouse management.  December 17, 2015 The Honorable […]

25 Nov 2015

News: Idaho Officials OK Implementation of Sage Grouse Plan

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News: Idaho Officials OK Implementation of Sage Grouse Plan

Keith Ridler of the Associated Press released the article below announcing that Idaho’s Land Board voted 5-0 to have the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) move forward with actions set out in the 82-page Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan despite it’s frustrations and lawsuit against Federal Land Managers. See the original here. BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho […]

25 Nov 2015

Land Board Reaffirms Commitment to State’s Sage Grouse Conservation Plan

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Land Board Reaffirms Commitment to State’s Sage Grouse Conservation Plan

The information below was provided by Betsy Z. Russell from Eye on Boise. See the original here. Idaho’s state Land Board voted unanimously today to reaffirm its commitment to the state’s conservation strategy for sage grouse, despite differences between the state plan and newly issued federal land-use restrictions that accompanied the September decision not to list […]

11 Nov 2015

Otter: Sage Grouse Listing Preferred over Feds’ Solution

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Otter: Sage Grouse Listing Preferred over Feds’ Solution

The following news comes from Betsy Z. Russell of the Eye on Boise blog. It discusses Governor Otter’s comments on the recent changes to the federal land-use plan in the 11 Western states in lieu of Sage Grouse being listed as an endangered species. See the original story here. Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) […]

15 Oct 2015

Federal Regulators Seen More Threatening Than Low Oil/Gas Prices in Western States

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The following article comes from Richard Nemec of NaturalGasIntel.com. It discusses the threat to exploration and production now facing the eleven western states after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agencies’ recent measure to withdraw millions of acres from western states. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continue […]

13 Oct 2015

BLM Report – Scheduled for Release Tomorrow, Details What Went Wrong

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Below is one of today’s headlines on the opposition surrounding the landmark decision not to adopt state’s plans for Sage Grouse protection and not to list the Sage Grouse as an Endangered Species. The report from the BLM detailing their reasons for rejecting the state’s plan is scheduled for release tomorrow. The news clips come from the Independent Petroleum […]

28 Sep 2015

Today’s Headlines…Grousing over Sage Grouse

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Today’s Headlines…Grousing over Sage Grouse

Below are today’s headlines on the opposition surrounding the landmark decision not to list the Sage Grouse as an Endangered Species. The news clips come from the Independent Petroleum Association of America’s (IPAA) Endangered Species Watch Daily IPAA – ESA Media Clips – 9/28/15 Republicans, Environmentalists Grouse Over Protection Plans. Morning Consult. “Today’s actions constitute the equivalent of […]

26 Sep 2015

Non-Warranted Greater Sage-Grouse Listing Announced

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The following news clips come from the Independent Petroleum Association of America’s (IPAA) Endangered Species Watch Daily Media Clips – 9/25/15 The summary below discusses the reaction to the the Department’s 98 final federal land use plans in the grouse’s habitat region.  This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its long awaited decision that it […]

22 Sep 2015

Risch, Crapo, Labrador Issue Statements on Sage Grouse Decision

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Rep. Raul Labrador, Sen. Jim Risch and Sen. Mike Crapo have issued statements on today’s announcement that the sage grouse won’t be listed as an endangered species.  The common thread: Skepticism. Below are the news article snippets below provided by Melissa Davlin, author of Idaho Reports in Blog Form.  See the original here. GOVERNOR OTTER REACTS TO INTERIOR DECISION […]

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