Western Governors Push Measure to Hold Off Sage Grouse Listing for Ten Years

sage_grouse-300The Western Governor’s Association has passed a resolution that, if accepted by the Federal Government, would allow states 10 years to prove local conservation efforts are enough to ensure the survival of the Sage Grouse.  The move has been applauded by the Western Grouse Coalition.  The Coalition’s President, Allen Freemyer, says “Allowing states to continue with conservation and management planning is the most common sense approach to addressing the preservation needs of the sage grouse species.”  He also said, “Shifting management to federal control would undermine the proactive efforts being taken by those who know the land the best.”  The WGA is working to ensure that the 11 western states with sage grouse populations have the opportunity to develop and implement their conservation plans and prevent a listing under the Endangered Species Act.  The Sage Grouse Protection and Conservation Act was introduced by Colorado Congressman Cory Gardner and Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi.  You can read the full statement from the Western Grouse Coalition by clicking here.