Lawmakers Introduce Sage Grouse Protection Legislation

sage_grouse-300Yesterday, Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi, Colorado Congressman Cory Gardner, Utah Congressman Rob Bishop, Montana Congressman Steve Daines and Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton introduced the Sage Grouse Protection and Conservation Act. This legislation would prevent the Sage grouse from being listed under the Endangered Species Act for 10 years, and instead requires states to develop conservation management plans to meet the unique needs of the Sage grouse in each state. The Sage Grouse Protection and Conservation Act encourages states to work with the Departments of Interior and Agriculture throughout the species management process to ensure that all concerns about the recovery of the Sage grouse are met.  The lawmakers say states have proven over and over again that they are the best managers of local wildlife.  They say biologists are adamant that the most effective preservation efforts are locally tailored and are able to take in unique aspects of the species being protected and its habitat.  You’ll find a link to the full text of the Act by clicking here.

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