New rules for oil, gas industry under federal greater sage grouse plan

Jun 2, 2015

The BLM and Forest Service released a plan last week that aims to conserve the greater sage grouse. The bird's habitat covers eleven Western states, including Colorado. The federal plan aims to keep the grouse off the endangered species list.
Credit Kathleen Tadvick/Colorado Parks and Wildlife

The BLM says a new federal plan for helping a bird in Garfield County is necessary because it aims to protect habitat. The agency, and the Forest Service, announced the new approach last week. The number of greater sage grouse is declining and the idea is to keep the bird off the endangered species list. Marci Krivonen spoke with David Boyd, a public affairs specialist for the BLM in northwest Colorado.

David Boyd works out of the BLM office in Silt. After a review and protest period, the plan will go into effect, probably sometime in July.