Grouse, clean air topics of turmoil for West states

RBC I When Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced in September that the greater sage grouse would not be listed as endangered, Nevada’s Brian Sandoval, a Republican, was one of four Western governors applauding. States retained management of the bird in what Sandoval described as a “big win” resulting from intense negotiations. Share on Facebook

Sage grouse plans run delicate balance

RBC I Northern spotted owls are white-and-brown tree dwellers with sprays of feathers between their eyes. Greater sage grouse are football-sized ground-strutters, whose males flaunt yellow chest sacs during mating season. Share on Facebook

AGNC disappointed by sage grouse listing

RBC I The Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado (AGNC) issued a statement late last week on behalf of its member governments concerning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) recent decision to list the Gunnison Sage Grouse as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. Share on Facebook

Sage grouse draft plans released; public comment sought on plan, DEIS

RBC I On Friday, the Bureau of Land Management and Routt National Forest released the Draft Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Resource Management Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a 90-day public comment period. Share on Facebook

AGNC requests action on sage grouse report

RBC I Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado (AGNC) chairman Mike Samson, acting on behalf of the five-county membership, has written to Colorado Governor Hickenlooper asking for immediate assistance regarding the damaging impact that will result if the BLM adopts the National Technical Team’s (NTT) report. The report is considered by many as the extreme alternative […]