Sage Grouse Protection Act Introduced in House

sage_grouse-300Last week, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) helped introduce the Sage Grouse Protection and Conservation Act (H.R.1997) in the House. The bill, of which Tipton is an original co-sponsor, seeks to empower state-based sage grouse recovery efforts in lieu of a one-size-fits-all federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing that Tipton says could upend successful state and local efforts. In a press release Tipton stated, “Colorado has been a leader in sage grouse recovery efforts and the ongoing voluntary plans that the state, local governments and private citizens have worked so hard to successfully implement should be given the chance to see continued success without federal interference.” Tipton, a vocal proponent of state and local species preservation efforts in Congress, has held and participated in numerous Congressional oversight hearings on the issue, worked to advance numerous pieces of legislation in previous Congresses to increase transparency in the ESA listing process and encourage local species preservation plans over federal listings. Companion legislation has also been introduced in the Senate by Cory Gardner.

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