PLC Applauds Interior's Sage Grouse Review '
October 6, 2017

The Public Lands Council - which the American Sheep Industry Association is a member of - reacted this week to the Department of the Interior announcement that it will open a public comment period and assess options for amending the flawed 2015 plan amendments for conservation of the greater sage grouse in 11 western states. The action opens a door to potentially provide much needed relief to ranchers across the west.

The notice of intent comes on the heels of Interior's review of the sage grouse plans earlier this year. During the process, the sage grouse review team consulted with various stakeholders including the Public Lands Council to examine the best method of protecting sage grouse populations and identified areas where the 2015 plan amendments fell short.

PLC Executive Director Ethan Lane said the 2015 sage grouse plan amendments were not easily applied to every impacted stakeholder and were a concern to the ranching community.

"We know the ranching community, specifically public lands ranchers, have unique challenges and opportunities. The one-size-fits-all approach restricted our ability to play our part in this conservation effort," Lane said.

The public may submit comments to the proposed changes through a 45-day comment period which will end in November.