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Feds to help keep sage grouse off threatened list

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RENO, Nev. — The Obama administration is launching an effort to accelerate protection of sage grouse along the California-Nevada line with $31 million in spending commitments through 2024 to help ranchers and others improve grouse habitat.

A top official in the Agriculture Department told The Associated Press that Friday’s announcement may represent the best, last chance to keep the bistate population of the bird off the list of threatened species.

Jason Weller, chief of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service,…

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