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

Two male sage grouse perform the traditional “dance” to attract mates.

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.

Tipton pushes Jewell for sage grouse goals

RBC I On Friday, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO3) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to urge Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to provide measurable goals for the preservation of the Greater Sage Grouse and the Gunnison Sage Grouse.

Meeting scheduled on area sage grouse issues

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management will host public meetings in Silt and Craig next week to discuss the Northwest Colorado Sage Grouse environmental impact statement (EIS) and to seek public comment on the plan. Public meetings will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the following locations: On Monday in Silt, […]

Sage grouse tours offered

RBC I There will be a special guided tour to see greater sage grouse perform their elaborate mating dances, and the public is invited to join in.

Sage grouse tours offered

RBC | There will be a special guided tour to see greater sage grouse perform their elaborate mating dances, and the public is invited to join in. The tours will also afford the opportunity to learn more about efforts to preserve this important bird of the sagebrush. The tours will occur on several dates between […]