Wednesday, June 26, 2013

MRLS Alum Authors Report Criticizing the BLM's Greater Sage Grouse Plan

Greater Sage Grouse
Photo Courtesy of the USFS
Megan Maxwell, MRLS'12, recently authored a report on the BLM's greater sage-grouse conservation recommendations as set forth in the BLM's December 2011 National Technical Team Report. The report is titled: BLM's NTT Report: Is it the best available science or a tool to support a predetermined outcome?

Maxwell's report was published by the Northwest Mining Association (NWMA). The NWMA is a 118 year old non-profit, non-partisan trade association. The NWMA focuses on hardrock mineral exploration processes including: prospecting, exploring, mining, and reclamation closure activities on BLM and USFS lands, and private and state lands in the west.

The NWMA has retained Maxwell, who is a biologist in addition to being trained in environmental law, to conduct further review of the NTT Report. She graduated with her Master of Resources Law Studies degree in December of 2012. Maxwell said, "The program [Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program] really did prepare me for the work I am doing now and I am very grateful for that."

Congratulations to Maxwell on her great work! We wish her all the best in her future endeavors!

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