Neither the Bureau of Land Management nor the Idaho sage grouse plans get please WildEarth Guardians, one of the groups whose lawsuits have forced a new Endangered Species Act review by 2015.
“Overall, this plan lacks the kind of specific and adequate conservation measures required to maintain sage grouse in Idaho and southwest Montana,” said Erik Molvar, Wildlife Biologist with WildEarth Guardians.
They will be one of the groups that will be telling U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill to reject a decision not to list if they are not satisfied enough isn’t being done to protect the bird.
Like Western Watersheds Project they argue that mismanagement of livestock grazing in sage grouse habitat is the greatest threat to sage grouse populations in Idaho and Montana.
“Stronger and more specific measures are needed to ensure that overgrazed rangelands are returned to health, and specifically to ensure that streamside habitats, critically important to sage grouse when they are raising their chicks, are not damaged by overuse from livestock,” said Molvar.
They want more limitations on energy development in Montana but like this part of the federal plan in Idaho.
“One of the few bright spots of the proposed plan is the closure of most of Idaho to future oil and gas leasing because almost the whole state is rated as having low potential for oil and gas,” added Adam Rissien, Northern Rockies conservation manager for WildEarth Guardians.