RENO, Nev. — Conservationists have criticized the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest's plan to protect habitat for an imperiled distinct species of sage grouse found along the Nevada-California line south of Reno.
Wildlife biologist Erik Molvar of WildEarth Guardians says the plan for the so-called bi-state, or Mono Basin, sage grouse reflects a mixture of science and political compromise that will probably lead to further population declines of the birds.
Forest Supervisor Bill Dunkelberger, in releasing the draft record of decision Friday, says the plan addresses key threats identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in its 2013 proposal to list the species as threatened.
He says it'll also result in the conservation and restoration of the species' habitat in portions of Nevada's Douglas, Esmeralda, Lyon and Mineral counties and California's Alpine, Inyo, and Mono counties.