The task force suggests that development in core habitat be restricted to existing projects that cannot increase in size by more than 50 percent.
An exception would be allowed if a newly created Sage Grouse Commission decides a proposed project is important enough to the state and can't be built outside the core sage grouse habitat.
Another 9.5 million acres would be designated important or general habitat, limiting but not prohibiting new development.
Ken Cole of Western Watersheds attended some of the task force meetings and said he doubts the task force's recommendations will pass scientific scrutiny and potential legal challenges.
"If the BLM doesn't honestly address the impacts of grazing on sage grouse, I'm sure we're going to go back to court, and I'm sure we'll win," he said.