The Missoulian reports that major economic and environmental implications hang in the balance this week when an advisory council will meet to finalize Montana’s plan for protecting the sage grouse. The chicken-size bird is a candidate for the federal Endangered Species List. States across the West have been drafting their own management plans in hopes of preventing a listing that would force them to adopt federal mandates. Read the full story here. Here’s some more information about sage grouse in Montana.