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by Darreli Pruett, USGS

“This is one of the biggest environmental cases ever filed — like the spotted owl and salmon.” —Laird Lucas, lead attorney for a Western Watersheds Project lawsuit against the Interior Department, seeking better protection for sage grouse — including grazing and drilling reductions — on 25 million acres of federal sagebrush in the Interior West. The first hearing was April 16 in an Idaho federal court.

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