Jarbidge Sage-Grouse

Jarbidge Sage-Grouse

Current Status:

Case Title:
WWP v. Dyer, 04-cv-181-BLW (D. Idaho)

Staff attorney(s):
Laird J. Lucas
Todd Tucci


Western Watersheds Project

To Protect:

Greater Sage Grouse
Pygmy Rabbit

Date won/settled:
February 1, 2009



Speak out for sage-grouse!

Now is the time to speak out in favor or sage-grouse protection! Bureau of Land Management is asking for public comment. Make your voice heard in favor of this iconic Western bird. Increased sage-grouse protection equals increased public lands protection!

Interested members of the public can send comments to sagewest@blm.gov, fax comments to 775-861-6747 or send by mail to Great Basin Region Project Manager, BLM Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, NV 89502.

Mt. Express article

Sage Grouse Prevail

Sage Grouse Prevail – A federal judge has ordered BLM to close to livestock grazing 17 allotments in the Jarbidge Field Office in southwestern Idaho, and has given Simplot Livestock and other permittees about two weeks to remove all livestock from the closed areas.  Animating the court’s decision was the continuing collapse of sage-grouse populations and habitat.  The Court has ordered an evidentiary hearing on Simplot’s motion to lift the injunction, and thus this 7 year-old case is just getting started.  Stay tuned.

Victory in Federal Court for the Sagebrush Sea

In a decision late yesterday, Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the Federal District Court held the Bureau of Land Management, Simplot and other corporate ranchers to the terms of an earlier agreement and enjoined livestock grazing on 17 livestock grazing allotments on the Jarbidge public lands of southern Idaho.

Read the press release below for more information.

An Idaho federal court has ordered that grazing-as-usual must end in southern Idaho to protect wildlife following the massive 2007 Murphy Complex Fire

In a ruling issued late Thursday February 26, 2009, Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill granted an injunction to Western Watersheds Project over BLM grazing management on 36 allotments covering more than 625,000 acres of public lands in the Jarbidge Resource Area of southern Idaho.

Case Information:

This long-standing litigation challenges BLM’s mismanagement of grazing in the Jarbidge Resource Area of southern Idaho, which has harmed sage-grouse, pygmy rabbits, and other sensitive sagebrush-obligate species and their habitats. Our first court victory, in 2004, held that BLM violated NEPA in approving “temporary” grazing increases sought by Simplot Co. and other major corporate ranchers.

In 2005, the court held that BLM violated NEPA and FLPMA in approving long-term grazing increases despite a sharp decline in Jarbidge sage-grouse populations. See Western Watersheds Project v. Bennett, 392 F.Supp.2d 1217 (D. Idaho 2005). After the massive Murphy Fire burned 70% of the remaining Jarbidge sage grouse nesting habitat in 2007, the court held a 2-week trial and ruled in February 2009 that “grazing-as-usual” must end in order to protect sage-grouse.