RNP News Item
by: WEST, Inc. and Wyoming Wildlife Consultants
July 6, 2010
RNP Releases Sage-Grouse Report
RNP released the report Greater Sage-Grouse & Wind Energy Development: A Review of the Issues. RNP commissioned WEST, Inc. and Wyoming Wildlife Consultants to produce the report which summarizes major issues associated with wind energy development and greater sage-grouse in the western U.S.
This report provides several stipulations that may be used to avoid or minimize impacts when selecting sites for wind energy development as well as during the construction and operational phases of a wind energy facility. Finally, it provides a framework for developing a holistic sage-grouse management or mitigation plan for a given project area, primarily through habitat enhancements, and provide background information for each step for use by those developing the plan.
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The issue of sage-grouse protection is one that RNP takes seriously. One of the pieces of the puzzle is how to balance renewable energy development, which is a vital tool in combatting global warming, with ensuring the protection of sage-grouse habitat.
The following resources are important to this issue.