JEFF BARNARDAP Environmental Writer

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February 3, 2013
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Ranchers hope deal staves off sage grouse listing

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Hoping to keep sage grouse from the endangered species list, ranchers in Eastern Oregon are working on a first-in-the-nation deal that would lay out voluntary steps to reduce the harm to sage grouse on 10 million acres of federal grazing lands.“The livestock industry knows this is an important issue, and wants to be in position to somewhat control our destiny,” said John O’Keefe, a Warner Valley rancher and sage grouse coordinator for the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association.The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association was supposed to sign the conservation agreement last Tuesday with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and …

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