As environmental groups dedicated to protecting our natural resources and wildlife, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), the Western Watershed Project, and nine other groups are deeply concerned about the hidden threat facing the sage grouse in Wyoming.
The Bureau of Land Management’s decisions to allow the undercutting of the species’ protections on an inordinate number of oil and gas sites has the potential to be devastating for these birds and the fragile sagebrush habitat they call home.
The sage grouse is an iconic bird that serves as a keystone species for sagebrush habitats across the western United States. Unfortunately, these habitats are facing increasing threats from human disturbance and development, which have led to a steady decline in sage grouse populations in recent years. The Bureau of Land Management is responsible for overseeing more sage grouse habitat than any other federal agency, and their decisions have a significant impact on the survival of the bird.