Agency: Sage grouse spending to top $750 million by 2018

Spending on a government-sponsored initiative to help struggling sage grouse populations in the West is projected to exceed $750 million by 2018.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday the money will conserve an estimated 8 million acres of habitat. Federal officials are more than halfway to that goal since starting the Sage Grouse Initiative in 2010.

The chicken-sized birds are found in 11 Western states. They're being considered for after their numbers plummeted in recent decades.

About $425 million in government and private funds already have been spent on conservation easements and other measures to reverse the bird's decline.

The USDA will spend almost $200 million more over the next four years. Private contributors and other government agencies are expected to provide an additional $130 million.


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Feb 12, 2015
Okay, here we go, I'm a spoiler of the planet. But this is ridiculous, spend three quarters of a billion, and disrupt commerce besides, to protect one . . . very stupid . . . grouse? I once killed a grouse with a book. Think of all the human beings that money could have saved. There are plenty of grouse in the world, all equally stupid, spending that kind of money to save one species is insane. If they couldn't hack it in contact with humans, tough. Doesn't seemed to have slowed down raccoons any, judging by the packs in my neighborhood. The fit survive, the dumb, don't.

Feb 13, 2015
Think of all the human beings that money could have saved.


There are plenty of humans in the world, many incredibly stupid judging by the packs in your neighborhood. If they can't hack it in the modern world, tough. Spending that kind of money to save humans is insane especially considering the damage they do to the environment. The fit survive, the dumb, don't.


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