The Biden administration is considering new measures to protect bird species that were once found in the western part of the United States.
By Matthew Brown Associated Press
November 19, 2021, 2:11 p.m.
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Billings, Mont. – The Biden administration said Friday it will consider new measures to protect mostly Sage Grass, a species of bird that was once found in most parts of the American West that has been mined in recent decades by oil and gas. , Grazing, wildfires and others have caused severe shortages. Pressure
The announcement of a wider housing assessment for most Sage Grosses comes as the Trump administration seeks to undermine security efforts adopted in 2015 as Biden’s vice president.
A federal court has blocked Trump’s changes. But Biden administration officials said the effort thwarted conservation efforts – even as the chicken-sized bird habitat was further destroyed by wildfires, invasive plant species and continued growth.
Industrial groups have resisted further restrictions, such as the extensive buffer where drilling will be prohibited. Biologists say the buffers are needed to protect sage groves where birds engage in extensive annual mating rituals.
Some environmentalists insisted that the 2015 plans were not successful because of the shortcomings that allowed Sage Gross to graze and drill the land he needed.
“Everything is on the table,” said Nada Kloor, deputy director of the Bureau of Land Management, as the agency began evaluating Sage Gross’s residence, which has no set date for action.
“From changes in buffers, to how we manage energy development, how we manage every other activity … we’re reviewing that and we’re looking for input,” Kloor said. Here’s what to look for and tactics to help ease the way. “
The Greater Sage Gross once numbered in the millions in all or parts of the 11 western states. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey said earlier this year that their numbers were 65 percent lower than in 1986.
In 2010, U.S. wildlife officials said severe habitat damage meant sage gross reservations became necessary under the Endangered Species Act. However, the US Fish and Wildlife Service took no action at this time, saying that other species were preferred.
In 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided that reservations were no longer needed after other federal agencies and states adopted large-scale land use plans to prevent or reverse the species’ decline.
Unique birds with long, pointed wings are known for their wide range of companionship, with males making noises by blowing air bags around their necks.
Federal officials said in response to a court order in May that they would consider reinstating a new mining ban on large tracts of public land to help birds.
The mining ban was imposed under former President Barack Obama but was lifted by the Trump administration. The affected areas were 10 million acres (4 million hectares) in Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.