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Scorecard Grades Feds on Following Their Own Scientists' Recommendations for 
Protecting Greater Sage Grouse

Lander, Wyo. Final Plan Gets Failing Grade

WASHINGTON— Six conservation organizations today released a detailed scorecard for grading the Obama administration on following federal scientists’ recommendations for conserving greater sage grouse across more than 60 million acres of public land in the American West. The groups also sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging them to follow specific measures for protecting these imperiled birds as they approve a series of upcoming federal land “management plans” from the Bureau of Land Management and USDA Forest Service.

“Federal scientists have identified very specific steps for protecting greater sage grouse from development in the West, including restraining oil and gas exploitation. The question now is whether the Obama administration will follow those steps,” said Randi Spivak, public lands director for the Center for Biological Diversity. “We’ll be holding the BLM accountable and making sure that the best available science is followed to protect these iconic birds of the West.”

The first-completed 32-point scorecard, released today, finds that the final federal plan released in June by the BLM’s Lander, Wyo.,field office fails to follow federal experts’ recommendations for greater sage grouse. The Lander management plan fails to meet 24 specific management recommendations for sage grouse.

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