Tag Archives: Gunnison sage grouse

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

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

Spending Bill Would Delay Protections on Grouse

sage_grouse-300A legislative rider in Congress’ $1.1 trillion spending bill would delay protections for a wide-ranging Western bird that’s been on a collision course with the oil and gas industry. The Obama administration faced a September 2015 deadline to propose protections for greater sage grouse. But the spending package agreed to late 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

Moffat County Commissioners Support State Fight Against Sage Grouse Listing

sage_grouse-300The Moffat County Commissioners yesterday indicated they were happy that the state is going to fight the Gunnison Sage Grouse decision in court. U.S. Fish and Wildlife recently made the decision to list the Gunnison Sage Grouse as a threatened species. A decision on the Greater Sage Grouse is expected next year. The Greater Continue reading

Gunnison Sage Grouse Listed as Threatened

sage_grouse-300The Federal Government is going against the will of individual states, when it comes to listing sage grouse as threatened. That’s according to Governor Hickenlooper’s point man on sage grouse, John Swartout. Swartout says yesterday’s decision to list the Gunnison Sage Grouse as threatened means that control of the species goes Continue reading

Congressmen Urge Fish and Wildlife to Reevaluate Designation Process

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Congressman Scott Tipton signed on to a letter this week that urges U.S. Fish and Wildlife to reassess how they evaluate species for protection. Tipton says the legislation stems from recent proposals to list species as threatened or endangered in the Western U.S. Some of those proposals have been for the Greater and Continue reading

BLM and Fish and Wildlife Presents One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Sage Grouse

sage_grouse-300Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) stressed that state and local involvement is a necessity as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) revises 11 resource management plans (RMP) in Colorado and Utah. The BLM proposal, which would impact 800,000 acres in the states, comes on the heels of a Continue reading

Lawmakers Applaud Delay of Gunnison Sage Grouse Decision

sage_grouse-300Lawmakers from Colorado welcomed a D.C. District Court judge’s decision yesterday to grant the U.S. Fish and Wildfire Service and other litigants a six-month extension of the decision deadline on the proposed Endangered Species Act listing of the Gunnison sage grouse.  The state of Continue reading