For years there had been negotiations between 11 western states and the federal government for the protection of the Sage Grouse. The bird is very sensitive to changes in its environment and due to human encroachment, cattle overgrazing, roads, mining and other development, the Sage Grouse had seen a sharp decline in population. Idaho, Utah and Nevada are spearheading reversing the protection as the Sage Grouse requires sage brush to survive and all 3 states are rich in sage. (1) The Grouse once had a population of 16 million but that has shrunk to an estimate 200,000-500,000 and was declining at such a rapid rate that it was important that protections were put into place. (2)
The protections were put in place in 2015, 5 full years after the population numbers had dipped so low that the Sage Grouse was put on the endangered species list. This agreement took many years to negotiate and was a culmination or working with local communities, scientists, local government and ranchers. Unfortunately the Sage Grouse has enjoyed only 2 years of protection and now they are under attack again.
Oil and gas and mining companies have consistently lobbied the federal government because they feel that the protections on the Sage Grouse habitat is costing them billions of dollars in lost production. They also argue that many of the small towns that are in or near the protected area are in jeopardy of abandonment due to lack of job opportunities in the area. (1)
Surprisingly the Governors of Wyoming and Colorado have publicly come out in a joint letter stating that “this is not the right decision”. They think that this will move “from a habitat-management model to one that sets population objectives for the states.” (2) Jim Lyons, who was a member of the Obama administration and part of the team who developed the protection has publicly stated that this move is “a thinly-veiled and unnecessary attempt to open up important habitat to oil and gas drilling, jeopardizing the important balance and flexibility offered in the existing plans.” (2)
The Trump administration has proven over and over again that they are in the pocket of big oil/gas and mining and that our environment and its inhabitants are a nuisance to the almighty dollar. We at the CANA Foundation couldn’t disagree more. We feel that it is our responsibility to protect those without a voice and to protect our rangelands for all of its native creatures. Please contact your state representatives and share this story as this is the same battle that our wild horses are facing.
About CANA Foundation
CANA Foundation’s mission is to responsibly restore an ecological balance in our environment through specific rewilding initiatives. These projects support harmony between the humans, plants, and animals that inhabit U.S. rangelands and focus on the restoration of our land’s native habitats through natural resources and indigenous species, like America’s wild horses. CANA initiatives work towards long-term, sustainable solutions that prevent further land degradation, protect and preserve wild horse populations, and encourage a beneficial, thriving ecosystem for today and tomorrow.
Contact CANA Foundation: PO Box 674, Locust Valley, NY 11560 or [email protected]Donate to CANA Foundation
It is up to us, American citizens, to contact our elected representatives of government and let them know how we feel about the issues. Use a service like GovTrack.us to find your local representatives and make your voice heard.Visit GovTrack.us
Share this Story
Inspire others to rewild and learn more by sharing this story on your social media profile(s).
#canaFoundation #rewildOurWorld #naturallyConsiderate #inspire
- Featured Image: Dzurisin, D. (Aug. 4, 2007). Greater Sage Grouse. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/ndomer73/1004905589/