Ranch, gas interests had hoped Kempthorne would influence the results of “status review” on the disappearing bird-
I know that by last May Western Watersheds Project and Advocates for the West had pretty much figured out that the matter would go to the next Administration. Of course the Bushies had hoped to ram it through.
Sage grouse decision looks like its going to be left for Obama. by Rocky Barker. “Letters from the West.” Idaho Statesman.
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Note: a status review is a scientific process to determine whether a species should be listed as threatened or endangered under the ESA.