Two months ago today I was photographing Greater Sage-Grouse displaying on their lek in 21°F weather in Wayne County, Utah. I was mesmerized by the courtship displays I saw in front of me and in awe of these large upland game birds, their history and my personal concerns about their future.
Yesterday the BLM and U.S Forest Service plans were announced that will hopefully provide protection for Greater Sage-Grouse and by way of those protections the rest of the inhabitants of the sagebrush steppe.
Here are a few articles about those plans:
Western states decry Obama plan to save greater sage grouse – Utah’s Bishop calls scheme a federal land grab
I find it interesting that Wyoming is on board with these plans but Utah’s Congressmen Rob Bishop thinks this is a “federal land grab”. Bishop is trying to grab that land from the federal government and wasting Utah tax dollars in the process not the other way around. Pot kettle Bishop? There are those of us who see right through that cow manure.
This Greater Sage-Grouse lek as here before you Bishop and we will fight to make sure it is there long after you leave office.
I don’t know if these protections will be enough but I think this is good news for the Greater Sage-Grouse the sagebrush steppe and the other animals that call it home.
I figure Bishop and his minions will file a law suit about this plan. Just because they can and not because it is right.
But the tide is changing and more people are willing to fight for what is right and not as many now that will fight to destroy public lands.
Life is good.