BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The Bureau of Land Management intends to delay for two years a decision on a big wind farm planned in southern Idaho.

Officials say the extra time is needed to consider instead how to prevent adding sage grouse to the Endangered Species List.

The Idaho Statesman reports ( ) that the China Mountain project would be the state's biggest, with 170 turbines capable of generating 425 megawatts of electricity. It's planned across more than 25,500 acres of BLM land and more than 10,000 acres of state and private land in Idaho and northern Nevada.

It also spans one of two sage-grouse strongholds considered critical for the bird's long term survival.

BLM officials say they will complete changes to a separate land management plan before resuming its review on the wind farm.


Information from: Idaho Statesman,

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