Posted by on March 15, 2019 7:04 pm
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Environmentalists say changes will make it harder to stop the long-term decline of the species

The Trump administration on Friday finalized changes to sweeping federal land use plans for the west, easing restrictions on energy companies and other industries in a way officials said would still protect a struggling bird species.

But environmentalists said the widely-anticipated move will undermine protections for the chicken-sized grouse. It would allow more oil and gas drilling, mining and other activities that can disrupt grouse breeding grounds.

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