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Wyo. wind project offers grouse conservation plan

Associated Press Writer
FILE - In this file photo taken, April 15, 2008, near Rawlins, Wyo., a male sage grouse performs his strut during which he rapidly inflates and deflates air sacs in his neck, paces in a circle and makes special noises all designed to get the attention of potential mates. The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to allocate up to $16 million through two programs to encourage farmers and ranchers to protect sage grouse and their habitat. (AP Photo/The Rawlins Daily Times, Jerret Raffety, File)
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The developer of a massive wind farm proposed in southern Wyoming is seeking federal approval of a conservation plan for sage grouse.

The Power Company of Wyoming, an affiliate of Denver-based Anschutz (AN’-shoots) Corp., wants to build a 1,000-turbine wind farm on a ranch near Rawlins. But the company faces the challenge of building the project in an area that overlaps with sage grouse habitat.

The conservation plan is part of the company’s proposal to enter a “Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances” with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The agreement would bind the developer to specific conservation measures. In return, the company wouldn’t be subject to new land-use rules if the grouse is listed as endangered in the future.

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