Protect Sage Grouse From Fracking, Drilling and Mining
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Protect Sage Grouse From Fracking, Drilling and Mining

Greater sage grouse

The U.S. Forest Service is reconsidering land-use plans for greater-sage-grouse habitat across six western states. Unfortunately Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has made it clear he intends to gut these already weak plans to make it even easier for corporations to frack, drill and mine in the birds' habitat on public lands.

Greater sage grouse are completely dependent on intact sagebrush steppe for survival. Over the past 200 years, agriculture, oil and gas drilling, livestock grazing and development have reduced their range by nearly half, and their populations have steadily declined. Zinke's "drill first, ask later" agenda threatens to hasten the loss of sagebrush habitat and accelerate the bird's trajectory toward extinction.

Using the form on this page, tell the Forest Service that greater sage grouse urgently need increased protections consistent with science, including an end to all new oil and gas drilling in their habitat.

Please take action by Jan. 19, 2018.

Photo of greater sage grouse by Jennifer Strickland/USFWS.

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