New Idaho plan aims to protect sage grouse

That’s the Idaho Statesman’s headline. I would likely have chosen different words had I been the headline-writing guru. In any case, what is truly going to protect populations of sage grouse isn’t more development and human manipulating of the land, but a full bore 100 percent protection plan for the conservation of known and suspected sage grouse habitat. And I don’t mean that little strip of native vegetation between the railroad tracks and a state highway. Here’s the newspaper’s description of the latest “plan.”

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