Commissioners Set to Submit Protest Over Sage Grouse Plans

sage_grouse-300The Moffat County Commissioners are applying the final touches to their protest of federal plans to keep the Greater Sage Grouse off of the Endangered Species List. The BLM and U.S. Forest Service were supposed to be working with local and state partners, when coming up with their plans, however, none of the cooperating agencies’ concerns were addressed when the final plan was released. The commissioners say when you include the amount of land that is already locked up through monument or wilderness designation, about 95% of Moffat County land will be off limits to activities such as energy exploration and development, grazing, home building, and recreation, among others. The deadline for submitting their protest is Monday. Governor Hickenlooper will then have another 30 days to file a protest of his own.

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