Nevada sage grouse panel makes recommendations
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- An advisory committee empaneled by Gov. Brian Sandoval is set to finalize a strategy on how Nevada can lessen threats to sage grouse and avoid a possible listing of the bird by the federal government under the Endangered Species Act.
The committee meets Tuesday in Carson City.
It held its first meeting in mid-May and was put on a fast track to find a way protect sage grouse without sacrificing Nevada's economic development efforts or rural lifestyles.
In 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined sage grouse deserved federal protection but other species took priority. A legal settlement now gives the agency until 2015 to decide the bird's status.
States around the West are trying to devise their own plans to protect the bird and make federal intervention unnecessary.