Obama Administration Considers Mining Limits To Save Sage Grouse
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The Obama administration brought fourth a draft proposal Thursday to withdraw future mining claims from lands native to the greater sage-grouse bird.
Reported by Western Journalism:
The Bureau of Land Management proposed five possible plans, ranging from no action to the withdrawal of approximately 10 million acres of federal mining areas that are crucial to the Greater Sage-Grouse from future mining claims.
The proposed rules could potentially limit future mining claims in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming.
The Greater Sage-Grouse population, an indicator of the health of the sagebrush ecosystem, has dwindled to an estimated 200,000 to 500,000.
None of the plans offered by the BLM will prohibit already approved ongoing or future mining extraction operations.
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