A registered chapter of the National Audubon Society  
Prairie Hills Audubon Masthead
Prairie-Hills Chapter of the Audubon Society works on a wide variety of projects (click the Mission tab above for more information). A list of some of the activities can be found to the right.

Sand Creek Project. View a map of the botanical values of Sand Creek (map 1, map 2), a map of the wildlife value, a map of rare plants, and a map of the special designations of the site. The Biodiversity Conservation Alliance submitted an Amended Petition to the Wyoming EQC for Designation of the Area as Very Rare or Uncommon (Docket No. 09-1102). This effort failed, however the information in the petion is very informative about this exception area.

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Thursday February 25th
Complaint filed about greater sage grouse
PHAS major campaign announcement

On 2/25/16 Prairie Hills Audubon Society joined 3 other environmental groups (WildEarth Guardians, Western Watershed Projects, Center for Biological Diversity) in filing litigation to protect greater sage grouse.
The lawsuit is about more than a dozen greater sage-grouse plans produced by federal agencies, plans that fail to adequately protect this iconic western bird from a series of threats, including fossil fuel development, grazing and mining. The plans cover about 70 million acres of public lands in 10 states, administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. The suit doesn’t seek to eliminate the plans but to strengthen them with science-based protections recommended by the government’s own scientists.
To understand more details follow link to the press release below.
The case is Western Watersheds Project et al. v. Schneider et al., case number 1:16-cv-00083-EJL,
in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho.
We will also have a meeting about this in Rapid City, on March 29th,
scroll down to March specific events


USFWS photo

Press Release 2/25/16:
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/greater-sage-grouse-02-25-2016.html

News Articles:
http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060033004
http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2016/02/25/lawsuit-fights-special-interest-loopholes-in-greater-sage-grouse-plans/
http://www.law360.com/articles/763850/enviros-sue-feds-seeking-more-protection-of-sage-grouse

Link to Complaint.
http://www.advocateswest.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/SG-RMP-Complaint-FILED.pdf

Link to Litigant's Protests of Agencies' Decisions (earlier step) :

Link to WWP et al. protests (an earlier step)
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B1T2j7JW1SeoZ0Nma2V6U29HR00&usp=sharing

Link to WEG et al. protests (an earlier step)
http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/PageServer?pagename=priorities_wild_places_sagebrush_grouse_protests_2015#.VtDN1FJwXY_

Other References for NGOs

Link to Defenders of Wildlife's review of Draft Environmental Impact Statements on
BLM's & FS's grouse management plans
http://www.defenders.org/sage-grouse/national-planning-strategy

Link to "Evaluating Sage Grouse Conservation Efforts", WildEarth Guardians, August 2015
http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/DocServer/Evaluating_Sage_Grouse_Conservation_Efforts_final_opt.pdf?docID=16543

Link to "The Shrinking Geography of Sage Grouse Conservation", WildEarth Guardians, July 2015,
http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/DocServer/The_Shrinking_Geography_of_Sage_Grouse_Conservation_Fina.pdf?docID=16402

Related BLM & USFWS Federal Reports

Final EISs on BLM & FS Management Planning for Sage Grouse
http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/final_eiss.html

A Report on National Greater Sage‐Grouse Conservation Measures, Sage-grouse National Technical Team, Dec. 2011 http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/co/programs/wildlife.Par.73607.File.dat/GrSG%20Tech%20Team%20Report.pdf
Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), Conservation Objectives: Final Report, February 2013
http://www.fws.gov/greatersagegrouse/documents/COT-Report-with-Dear-Interested-Reader-Letter.pdf

NAS's Opposing View
National Audubon Society's (NAS) opinion - NAS supports Federal Agencies' Decisions on grouse RMPs.
https://www.audubon.org/news/unprecedented-conservation-efforts-keep-greater-sage-grouse-endangered-species

Environmentalist Interventions in a Related Lawsuit
http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2016/02/court_allows_conservation_grou.html
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ZINKI MAY CHANGE BLM/FS SAGE GROUSE AMENDMENTS/REVISIONS
- SUMMER 17

Dept of Interior news release:
https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-zinke-signs-order-improve-sage-grouse-conservation-strengthen-communication
NPR
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/08/531945271/trump-administration-orders-review-of-sage-grouse-protections

Other newspaper articles
https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2017-06-07/interior-head-orders-review-of-sage-grouse-conservation-plan
http://esawatch.org/weekly-newsletter-71417/

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SD IMPORTANT BIRD AREAS
a subset of a National Audubon Society Nationwideprogram


National Audubon Society recent conservation action in SD.
The National Audubon Society has recently inventoried & designated Important Bird Areas (IBAs) for SD
Link to Maps & data SD IBAs
http://www.audubon.org/important-bird-areas/state/south-dakota

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