USDA funds sage grouse protection

Sep 13, 2004
USDA recently offered up $2 million to help private land owners, including ranchers, in four Western states protect the habitat of the sage grouse. The bird, about the size of chicken, has seen its numbers thin as its territory gets crowded by homes, cattle, and oil, and natural gas wells. The money will be available under the Grassland Reserve Program, which gives ranchers and farmers dollars and technical help in protecting grassland and sh...

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