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Elko County may seek advocacy group sage grouse funding

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ELKO, Nev. (AP) -- An Elko County official says talks have begun with area environmental advocacy groups about funding sage grouse conservation efforts in northeastern Nevada.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/Vvlxem ) that County Assistant Manager Randy Brown reported informal meetings with the Northeastern Nevada Stewardship Group, and said a proposal may be submitted to the Western Watersheds Project.

Brown says the county hopes Western Watersheds may be willing to allocate for endangered sage grouse rescue some of about $15 million in conservation funds it received in 2010 from gas pipeline builder El Paso Corp.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife and the Bureau of Land Management also received more than $8 million for conservation and mitigation from the Ruby Pipeline builder, and the Nevada Public Lands Committee also has conservation money set aside.

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Information from: Elko Daily Free Press

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