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In this edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast Independent Communications Consultant Jessica Sena and research fellow Isaac Orr discuss the impact of state regulatory plans to restrict development in areas deemed important habitat for sage grouse, a bird which inhabits eleven western states. Many of these rural states depend upon agriculture, mining, and forestry for economic growth, but each of these industries will be impacted by limitations on development because of the sage grouse.
For many people living in the Midwest, South, or East Coast, the sage grouse is probably something that rarely registers on our collective radars. However, this is impossible in portions of California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming where federal officials have declared sage grouse protection will take precedent over economic development.