Cheyenne, Wy – A panel is set to issue its
recommendations this week on how to preserve and improve sage
grouse numbers and habitat in Wyoming.
The Sage Grouse Implementation Team is made up of
representatives from federal and state agencies, conservation
groups, energy companies and private landowners.
The panel meets tomorrow (Monday) in Cheyenne to go over about
20 recommendations that it was tentatively scheduled to present to
Governor Freudenthal on Tuesday.
The recommendations likely will include improved grazing
practices, mapping out sage grouse habitat, different drilling
practices and improved reclamation.
Declining sage grouse numbers throughout the West has
conservation groups calling for special federal protections to help
the bird's populations recover.
Wyoming and other western states worry that any protections
might hamper energy development and livestock grazing.