Federal sage grouse policy: Trump administration calls for review

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Lost in a national news cycle dominated by testimony from former FBI director James Comey, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke penned secretarial order 3353 — announcing the formation of an internal review team to evaluate both federal and state greater sage grouse conservation plans to “ensure they are complementary.” As the team explores possible modifications to federal sage grouse plans, it will also consider local economic growth and job creation, according to a Thursday news release from the Department of the Interior. The team will consist of officials from the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Service. “They are charged with evaluating federal and state plans, highlighting innovative...

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