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Bord Gulch Ranch owner Ray Owens shows U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell his property Tuesday in Moffat County, highlighting efforts he’s made to help sage grouse, mule deer and elk populations thrive in Northwest Colorado. Gov. John Hickenlooper joined Jewell on the tour.

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Interior Secretary Jewell visits Moffat County to discuss sage grouse

U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell and Gov. John Hickenlooper landed in Moffat County as part of such collaboration. Jewell came with the head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the head of the Bureau of Land Management to tour the Bord Gulch Ranch owned by Ray Owens. His ranch is an example of how a private landowner can further a conservationist goal, Jewell said. “Ray Owens is a model of the 21st century western rancher with his outstanding stewardship of this working landscape,” said Jewell in a press release. “He represents the spirit of partnership that can be replicated across the West as we develop landscape-level strategies to lessen the threats to the sage grouse and conserve its habitat.”

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