January 21, 2014
Gov. John Hickenlooper, right, joins U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on a tour of Bord Gulch Ranch in Moffat County. The ranch is owned by Ray Owens, who highlighted efforts he's made to help sage grouse, mule deer and elk populations thrive in Northwest Colorado. Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers, left, talks about sage grouse in the region.
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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.”