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The National Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy
Key issues and implications

July 30, 2015

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, governmental officials, real estate and environmental professionals, consultants and planners

Why You Should Order

The Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service have released their proposed land use plan amendments for the greater sage-grouse aimed at precluding the need to list the bird under the Endangered Species Act. This unprecedented planning effort covers ten western states, and will impact the many companies seeking to do business in sage-grouse habitat. Already these plans have been the subject of much debate and will continue to be closely scrutinized by western states, business, environmental interests, and Congress.

The focus shifts to western governors for a 60-day review ending July 29, 2015 to determine whether the Federal plans are consistent with state law and policy.The plans also provided for a 30-day concurrent protest period that ended on June 29, 2015. After this review period, the agencies are expected to adopt the proposed amendments this August.

This TeleBriefing will discuss the Federal sage-grouse plans, explore possible options for industry, and assess whether an ESA listing of the greater sage-grouse can be avoided.

What You Will Learn

What Attendees Said


Thursday, July 30, 2015

10:00 am

The National Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy

Introduction & Overview

Thomas C. Perry, Esq., Moderator, Partner
Marten Law PLLC / Boise, ID

Industry Perspective

Laura Skaer, Esq., Executive Director
American Exploration & Mining Association / Spokane, WA

DOI Perspective

Michael J. Bean, Esq., Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
US Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife and Parks / Washington, DC

Environmental Perspective

Dale Strickland, Ph.D., President and Senior Ecologist
WEST Inc. / Cheyenne, WY

11:30 am

Q & A (for up to 30 minutes)



Individual rate: $195

Group rate: $130 per person attending on the same line

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for more information.

Continuing Education Credits

This TeleBriefing qualifies for 1.5 Washington CLE credits. For CLE credits in other states:

We will apply for credits in the following states: AK, AL, AZ, AR, CA, CT, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY (experienced attorneys only), OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, and WY.

You can self-report for credits in: CO, DE, FL, HI, MT, and NJ.

CLE credits currently are not available in: DC, MA, MD, MI, OH, or SD.

If you need other types of credits, please call us at (206) 567-4490.


There is a $25 cancellation fee

Our Distinguished Panel

Thomas C. Perry, Moderator, partner, Marten Law PLLC, concentrates on environmental litigation, compliance and mediation. Previously, he was the General Counsel and chief legal advisor to Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter. During his tenure in Otter's office, he was Chair of the Governor's Sage-Grouse Task Force, a group charged with developing a state management plan designed to conserve the species and maintain predictable levels of land use.

Michael J. Bean, is Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife and Parks. Previously, he headed the Wildlife Program of Environmental Defense Fund. He is also the author of The Evolution of National Wildlife Law, the third edition of which was written with Melanie J. Rowland in 1997.

Laura Skaer is Executive Director for the American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) (formerly Northwest Mining Association). Under her leadership, AEMA has grown to be the largest membership-based mining industry trade association in the U.S. Ms. Skaer builds effective working strategies with key elected officials, in developing and coordinating the industry's response to legislative and regulatory issues, in improving the industry's public image, in effectively building coalitions with other natural resource industry groups and public land users, and in galvanizing the grassroots.

Dale Strickland, President and Senior Ecologist, WEST Inc., is experienced in ecological research and wildlife management, specializing in the design, conduct, and analysis of field studies of terrestrial and avian wildlife, threatened and endangered species, wildlife management, impact, risk, and injury assessment studies and resolution of conflicts over natural resources. Previously, he was a scientist and administrator with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and served on the faculty of the Department of Statistics at the University of Wyoming.

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