Some community pastures contain sage grouse habitat. Will this order help protect not only the sage grouse, but the pastures?
CBC News article: “For the first time, Environment Canada will issue an emergency order to protect an endangered species, a rare Prairie bird called the greater sage grouse.
Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced Tuesday that the order will be issued in the coming months and will impose restrictions to protect the habitat of the sage grouse on provincial and Crown lands in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
According to Environment Canada, fewer than 150 of the birds remain in the two Canadian provinces where they are found, Alberta and Saskatchewan, and the bird’s population has fallen 98 per cent since 1988. The sharp decline has been blamed on the destruction of its habitat by industry, especially the oil and gas industry.”
The Environment Canada backgrounder can be found here.
You can take action! The public needs to insist on immediate implementation–the Sage Grouse do not have any time to spare. The time for gradual change passed years ago.
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