BLM Issues New Guidance Enhancing the Protection and Recovery of Priority Sage-grouse Habitat

Map of sage-grouse distribution in the Western U.S.
The BLM manages sage-grouse habitat across millions of acres of the Western U.S.  Click on the map for a larger view.
The BLM Washington Office Instruction Memorandum No. 2010-71 titled, “Gunnison and Greater Sage-grouse Management Considerations for Energy Development,” supplements the BLM’s 2004 National Sage-Grouse Conservation Strategy by identifying new management considerations for authorization of renewable and nonrenewable energy development. The guidance identifies actions necessary at some sites to ensure environmentally responsible exploration, authorization, leasing and development of energy resources within the range of Gunnison sage-grouse and greater sage-grouse. 

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