Posted July 22, 2015 10:54 pm by Comments

By Vanessa Torres

Male Greater-Sage Grouse Photo Jeremy R. Roberts
Oregon Commission Asked to Adopt Amended Rules for Sage-Grouse Management
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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Oregon -( The Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet at 1 p.m., Monday, July 27 in Salem for a special meeting to adopt amended administrative rules for sage-grouse management in Oregon.

The Commission agenda will be limited to the sage-grouse rules, adoption of recent temporary rules, and approval of past meeting minutes.

The meeting will be held at the ODFW Headquarters in the Commission Room, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE. The agenda is posted to the ODFW website here. Public testimony on the proposed sage-grouse rules will be taken.

Currently, ODFW mitigation rules are effectively only recommendations to permitting entities and not requirements for mitigating development impacts in designated core habitat for sage-grouse. Core habitats are areas which encompass about one-third of Oregon’s sage-grouse habitat but support more than 90 percent of the bird’s populations.

ODFW is proposing to change its rules to require mitigation actions for large-scale and other development such as aggregate mining, wind, solar, and geothermal energy plants.

The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) is also proposing new rules …read more

Source:: AmmoLand

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