Protect Colorado Grouse from Zinke's Repeal of Conservation Plans
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On June 8, 2017 Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that he will be reviewing the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) conservation plans for the greater sage-grouse. These plans were the result of an unprecedented collaborative effort that included the BLM, state and federal wildlife agencies, state and local governments, private landowners, conservation groups, and other stakeholders. The end result was a west-wide science based conservation plan that protects habitat and avoids the need to list the species under the Endangered Species Act. Zinke’s potential unwinding of this plan would destroy years of collaborative and cutting edge work, and put this species at risk of extinction.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has pushed back against this review stating that “wholesale changes to the land use plans are likely not necessary at this time.” His office has encouraged Secretary Zinke to not imperil the work that Colorado has done to date to protect this species.
Please sign this petition to thank Governor Hickenlooper for standing up to protect the greater sage-grouse and its iconic habitat in Colorado, and encourage him to stand strong for other lesser know species like the Gunnison sage-grouse.
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