House act puts grouse close to ESA

RBC I On May 18, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). I this “must-pass’”legislation that funds America’s military readiness was language that would force the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to abandon successful sage-grouse conservation plans.

Sage grouse…

It is not common to wander across individual sage grouse in the hills with their shyness and camouflage colors. Above are two grouse seen strutting around the hills south of Maybell, and at left is an entire lek of grouse in the wild.

Conservation districts weigh in on plan to assist sage grouse

RBC I The White River and Douglas Creek conservation districts staff attended the BLM’s Stakeholder Workshop titled “The Next Steppe: Implementing for the Future,” in Grand Junction on April 19, when several Interior Department staff members from Washington D.C., and Colorado BLM Director Ruth Welch addressed the group.

Project to map Greater Sage Grouse begins

RBC I Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado (AGNC), Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), Olsson and Associates and project funding partners came together in Rifle on Monday to launch the AGNC Greater Sage Grouse Habitat Mapping Project.

Sage grouse lawsuits may be just the beginning

RBC I Last month’s long-awaited decision about the greater sage grouse – that it does not need Endangered Species Act protections – was no surprise to anyone who’s been following the bird’s saga. The federal Fish and Wildlife Service was looking for every reason possible to avoid putting the wide-ranging bird on the ESA list […]

USFWS: No ESA listing for sage grouse

RBC I The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced Tuesday that the range-wide population of greater sage grouse does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Letter to the Editor: Delayed ruling on sage grouse doesn’t help anyone

Dear Editor: Sportsmen’s groups are deeply concerned that a motion to strike a rider added to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which will delay the September 2015 listing decision for sage-grouse by 10 years, has been defeated. The rider, introduced by Utah Representative Rob Bishop, is non-germane to the rest of the Act, and […]

Letter to the Editor: Balanced plan for conservation needed

Dear Editor: After reading the latest news in the greater sage-grouse conservation effort, it seems high time for Colorado’s decision makers to lead on this important issue. As a state, we are facing a unique but narrowing window of opportunity to develop a proactive state conservation plan that would both protect the iconic bird and […]

Free Piceance Basin tour set

RBC I The White River and Douglas Creek Natural Resource Districts will be hosting a Piceance Basin national resource tour on Aug. 13, open to the public.

Want to save sage grouse? Save the sagebrush

THE WEST I High in the Desatoya Mountains east of Fallon, Nev., and just east of Route 50, famously dubbed “The Loneliest Road in America” by Life Magazine in 1986, a curious congregation gathers in the predawn light.

Guided sage grouse mating tours offered

CRAIG I Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Conservation Colorado, along with Rocky Mountain Wild, The Wilderness Society and Friends of Northwest Colorado, are offering the an opportunity to get a unique close-up of mating greater sage grouse during several guided viewing tours in northwest Colorado, March 28 through April 13.

Letter to the Editor: Governor applauded on sage grouse efforts

Dear Editor: The White River and Douglas Creek conservation districts applaud Gov. Jon Hickenlooper’s efforts to showcase Colorado landowners’ work to protect the greater sage grouse in Northwestern Colorado.