Feds Plan To Remove Junipers In Southwest Idaho To Conserve Sage Grouse Habitat

Jan 16, 2015

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to remove Western juniper from a 1.5 million-acre area of public land in southwest Idaho to conserve sage grouse habitat.

BLM Boise District Manager Jim Fincher in a statement Friday says conserving habitat for sage grouse is a key method for improving an entire rangeland ecosystem.

The agency is hosting two public meetings to provide information about the plan in Owyhee County. The first is in Boise on Feb. 4 and the second in Murphy on Feb. 5.

Comments can also be sent to the agency by Feb. 20.

The greater sage grouse is under consideration for federal protection, and efforts are being made to preserve the habitat the bird and other species need.