Tag Archives: Endangered Species Act

Greater Sage Grouse Avoids Listing

sage_grouse-300Another win for northwest Colorado, as the Interior Department has found that the Greater Sage Grouse does NOT warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Obama Administration says the decision was made in light of the powerful conservation effort being administered by state and local land managers. A Continue reading

Sage Grouse Announcement Expected Today

sage_grouse-300Land managers, the oil and gas industry, conservation groups, environmentalists and local officials are anticipating a decision today on whether or not the Greater Sage Grouse will be listed under the Endangered Species Act. The bird, which has been thriving in Colorado and Wyoming, is found in 11 states, and Continue reading

Hickenlooper Promotes Grouse Conservation Program

sage_grouse-300Governor John Hickenlooper, in partnership with conservation groups, industry representatives, and agriculture leaders, has requested recognition by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management to establish the Colorado Habitat Exchange – initially focused on the greater sage-grouse. Hickenlooper Continue reading

Sue and Settle Strategy to be Discussed

WESTERN ENERGY ALLIANCEWestern Energy Alliance will testify before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversite at a hearing on the Continue reading

Tipton Questions Witnesses on Sage Grouse

sage_grouse-300Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton underscored the impractical nature of the federal government’s proposed listing of the Greater Sage Grouse under the Endangered Species Act. During the House Committee on Natural Resources hearing on “Empowering State Management of Greater Sage Grouse,” witnesses Continue reading

Wildlife Officials Testing Shot Animal to Determine Whether Wolf or Coyote

us-fish-wildlife-300The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting DNA tests on an animal shot by a coyote hunter near Kremmling to determine if the animal is a gray wolf. The hunter thought the animal was a coyote. After shooting the animal he realized it looked like a wolf and turned it over to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Grey wolves are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Colorado is Continue reading

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 Continue reading

Gardner Introduces Legislation To Keep Sage Grouse from being Listed

sage_grouse-300Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced yesterday that he has introduced the ‘Sage-Grouse Protection and Conservation Act’, in the United States Senate. The Act would allow states to implement state-created conservation and management plans for the recovery of greater sage-grouse in order to prevent a listing under the Continue reading

Fish and Wildlife Needs Better Science for Sage Grouse Decision

sage_grouse-300The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking Indian tribes, government agencies and others to submit information about conservation efforts for the greater sage grouse. The service said Monday it needs the best data possible to make a decision on whether the bird warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act. Congress has Continue reading

House Passes Spending Bill

REPUBLICANYesterday, the House passed legislation to fund the federal government through September 30th, while still allowing Congress to take action on the President’s executive orders on immigration by funding the Department of Homeland Security through a continuing resolution that expires February 27th. The measure cuts funding to the Continue reading

Groups Notify Feds of Intent to Sue Over Sage Grouse Listing

sage_grouse-300The Center for Biological Diversity and the Western Watersheds Project have given notice of their intent to sue the federal government over the Gunnison Sage Grouse listing. Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a branch of the Department of the Interior, announced that they would be listing the Gunnison Sage Grouse as a Continue reading

Wolverines Withdrawn from Possible Endangered Species Listing

wolverineThe United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced on August 12th, that it has withdrawn the proposed rule to list wolverine as threatened in the contiguous Continue reading