Advocacy Groups Challenge BLM Project in Eastern Nevada that Could Harm Multiple Wildlife Species

Western Watersheds Project and the Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, challenging a vegetation removal project near Great Basin National Park that would remove pinyon-juniper forests across more than 380,000 acres of federal land in eastern Nevada. Plaintiffs allege that BLM’s project harms sagebrush habitats for imperiled greater sage grouse, pygmy rabbits and pinyon jays, animals whose populations are plummeting. Plaintiffs are seeking declaratory judgment and injunctive relief.