US Forest Service is rethinking protection plans for Sage Grouse

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NEVADA - The US Forest Service is rethinking protection plans for Sage Grouse in six western states after a US court agreed with mining companies that the agency illegally created some safeguards in Nevada.

The agency is working with the BLM, which also is reviewing its plans for the struggling bird following an order by the interior secretary.

A coordinated review makes sense two years after federal officials decided the chicken-sized bird shouldn't received endangered-species protections. The government did impose restrictions on land use.