WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID) applauded today’s decision by Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke to enact a 60-day review of sage grouse policies. In 2015, the Obama Administration released a plan to restrict land use in 11 states, including Idaho, to manage the sage grouse. The plan ignored the work of states like Idaho to manage and conserve the bird, which would have allowed more local input and control. Under the Obama Administration plan, the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service would prevent mineral production, energy development, grazing and other activities on 10 million acres of the bird’s habitat. Secretary Zinke’s Secretarial Order directs a working group to provide recommendations on future sage grouse policies that considers local economic growth and job creation.

Rep. Labrador released the following statement:

“I applaud Secretary Zinke for bringing common sense to this very important issue for Idaho. I strongly opposed the Obama Administration’s restrictions on land use because of their potentially disastrous impact on Idaho’s economy, and I’m pleased the Trump Administration has taken a new approach that will better incorporate the concerns of Western stakeholders. When it comes to responsible land use, the best decisions are made by those closest to the ground, and that’s especially true in Idaho. Secretary Zinke’s Secretarial Order is a smart and necessary action that will protect Idaho jobs and our economic future. I look forward to continuing to work with the Secretary, my colleagues, and Idaho stakeholders on a long-term solution.”

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