Sage Grouse and Wild Horses
As a wild horse advocate it is vital that you understand the battle in the West over the Sage Grouse. Many of you see it in a newsfeed but do not pay much attention. The debates over the Greater Sage Grouse (GrSG), and sub species, are at the core of the largest sweeping, environmental debates on western public land in decades.
The Greater Sage Grouse, or “prairie chicken,” has caused the greatest “war” in public land management since the “war” between the free-grazers and land owners that created the need for the Taylor Grazing Act of 1934. From BLM website: “The Taylor Grazing Act of 1934 (43 USC 315), signed by President Roosevelt, was intended to “stop injury to the public grazing lands [excluding Alaska] by preventing overgrazing and soil deterioration; to provide for their orderly use, improvement, and development; [and] to stabilize the livestock industry dependent upon the public range” (USDI 1988). This Act was pre-empted by the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA).”
Within discussions surrounding the sage grouse we see attacks on environmentalists, endangered species, public participation is omitted as massive land and power grabs take place.