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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

Hickenlooper Signs Order to Create Habitat Exchange Program

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Governor Hickenlooper has signed an executive order, creating a voluntary, market-based habitat exchange program that is expected to help keep the Greater Sage Grouse from being placed on the Endangered Species List. The order is being praised by conservationists, energy representatives and government agencies. The Continue reading

Obama Threatens to Veto Defense Bill Over Sage Grouse Provision

obamaReports say President Obama is threatening to veto the nation’s entire defense spending bill, because it includes a provision to postpone listing the Greater Sage Grouse as an Endangered Species. The report says that the White House has proclaimed that if the sage grouse and other provisions aren’t eliminated from the bill, the Continue reading

Moffat County Gets Good and Bad News About Sage Grouse

sage_grouse-300The Moffat County Commissioners have gotten good and bad news regarding sage grouse over the last week or so. The good news came from the State Land Board. The board has been ordered to put 10% of the three million acres it owns into a trust for further protection. There were three separate parcels in Moffat County nominated for 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

Feds Exclude Sage Grouse Species from Protection

sage_grouse-300The Interior Department’s decision not to add a type of sage grouse found only in Nevada and California to the Endangered Species List is a reassuring sign that strong efforts by Colorado and other Western states to conserve larger populations of the greater sage grouse can pay off. That’s according to the Colorado Wildlife Continue reading

Western Governors Release Sage Grouse Report

sage_grouse-300The Western Governors’ Association has released a report showing the federal government that all measures are being taken, in all 11 affected states, to ensure the survival of the Greater Sage Grouse. The report details the voluntary conservation measures and other efforts being made to appease the U.S. Fish and Widlife Service. Fish Continue reading

Commissioners Join Sage Grouse Petition

sage_grouse-300The Moffat County Commissioners yesterday signed onto a petition to the U.S. Interior Department, asking for an administrative review of how the Greater Sage Grouse was recommended for listing on the Endangered Species List. Moffat County Natural Resources Director Jeff Comstock brought the petition to Continue reading

Routt County Businesses Voice Opinions on Sage Grouse

sage_grouse-300The business community has started lobbying Governor John Hickenlooper to do what he can to keep the Greater Sage Grouse off the Endangered Species List. A letter asking as much was had delivered to the governor last week. It was reportedly signed by 17 Routt County businesses, and underscored the importance of 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

Spending Bill May Not Protect Western States against Sage Grouse Listing

sage_grouse-300Federal officials say Congress acted too late if it wanted to block protections for a bird found in Colorado and Utah. A spending bill approved by Congress last week blocks any money for a final rule to protect the Gunnison sage grouse. But the final rule was issued before the bill passed. An estimated 5,000 Gunnison sage grouse remain, Continue reading

State Officials Preparing for Lawsuit Over Sage Grouse

sage_grouse-300Colorado officials are preparing a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s decision to protect the Gunnison sage grouse. The Attorney General’s Office notified the Interior Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday that the state planned to sue. The state says that in listing the bird as threatened, the Fish and Continue reading