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Public Records Sought on Trump Administration's Plan to Weaken Sage Grouse Protections

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking public records connected to Interior Secretary Zinke’s recommendations to undermine important conservation protections for the imperiled greater sage grouse.

The request seeks documents related to Zinke’s establishment of a “task force” and its review of 98 land-use plans governing oil and gas, drilling, mining and livestock grazing on public lands in 11 western states that support dwindling greater sage grouse populations.

“Zinke has all but declared open season on the greater sage grouse,” said Randi Spivak, the Center’s public lands program director. “He’s undermining years of bipartisan cooperation and scientific study to cater to fossil fuel companies and other extractive industries. The public is entitled to know who’s influencing Zinke in his closed door review process.”

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Contact: Randi Spivak

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