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BLM starts making new plan to help sage-grouse and other species

The Bureau of Land Management has started the process to replace it’s 2019 sagebrush plan.  The changes came over increasing concern about the long-term health of sage-grouse and other species.  Sage-grouse are close to being considered threatened and have been at the center of environmental concerns in the West.

Sage-grouse and over 350 other species face pressure as changes are made to their natural habitat, including farmland development, oil and gas drilling sites, invasive vegetation, wildfires, and drought.

The BLM created a sage-grouse habitat plan in 2015 and the plan was changed in 2019.  Both plans received considerable support and backlash. The BLM said they are trying to build upon these plans to come up with a good solution to protect sage grouse and other species.

Emma Feuz is a senior at Utah State University majoring in broadcast journalism with minors in sociology and political science. She grew up in Evanston, Wyoming where, just like Utah State, the sagebrush also grows. Emma found her love of writing at an early age and slowly discovered her interest in all things audio and visual throughout her years in school. She is excited to put those passions to use at UPR. When school isn't taking up her time, Emma loves longboarding, cheering on the Denver Broncos, and cleaning the sink at Angies.