BLM Wyoming Sage Grouse Plan Threatens Wild Horses - Submit Comments Today
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming is accepting public comments on its plan to protect sage grouse, a seriously threatened ground-dwelling bird, on 16.2 million acres of public land in the state. The plan turns a blind eye to the devastating impacts of livestock grazing on the sagebrush habitat that the bird depends on for its survival, while setting the stage to reduce Wyoming's dwindling wild horse populations, which have little impact on sagebrush habitat.
The BLM's preferred alternative would make VOLUNTARY any reductions to livestock grazing. The plan fails to even consider livestock grazing as a surface disturbing activity, despite the fact that the practice is laying waste to vast swaths of public lands in the American West.
Please weigh in on the side of protecting wild horses and sage grouse, not commercial livestock interests, by taking action below. Please hurry - comments are due by March 24!
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NOTE: If you live in Wyoming and are interested in sage grouse protection and ensuring that wild horses are protected in any sage grouse conservation plans, you may be interested in a public workshop being held next week (March 26-27) at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. The forum is likely to be dominated by ranching interests, but may provide some interesting insights into the way the sage grouse issue is playing out in the state. For more information on the workshop, please click here.