Sage grouse numbers have declined slowly in recent years, prompting conservation groups to have the federal government consider the bird for the endangered species list. If that happens, it could have tremendous economic impacts that could hurt Colorado and Moffat County specifically, according to elected officials.

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Sage grouse numbers have declined slowly in recent years, prompting conservation groups to have the federal government consider the bird for the endangered species list. If that happens, it could have tremendous economic impacts that could hurt Colorado and Moffat County specifically, according to elected officials.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior to come through Moffat County

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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will be in Moffat County Tuesday to talk sage grouse.

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John Hickenlooper

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will be stopping in Moffat County Tuesday to talk sage grouse.

The Department of Interior released statement that said Jewell, along with Gov. John Hickenlooper, will be touring the Bord Gulch Ranch to see ranch manager Ray Owens’ sage grouse conservation efforts.

Jewell and the Governor will be exploring the ranch and the issues at stake regarding sage grouse. Namely; how to protect the species while still leaving the land open to ranchers, the mining industry and other businesses.

The visit is being billed as a measure to encourage partnership between private landowners, states, the federal government and conservationists.

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@craigdailypress.com.

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