U.S. congressmen team up with others to tackle sage grouse issue | CraigDailyPress.com

U.S. congressmen team up with others to tackle sage grouse issue

Erin Fenner
Cory Gardner

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., introduced a piece of legislation that would stop sage grouse from being listed as endangered species for 10 years and would mandate states to develop and manage their own conservation efforts regarding the species.

Five members of Congress introduced the legislation as an effort to combat the “one-size-fits all approach” to the listing process.

“Biologists and other experts have stated time and again that the most effective species preservation efforts are locally-tailored and take into consideration the unique ecology and topography of the region in which the habitat occurs,” Tipton said in a statement. “State and local species preservation efforts already underway should be given the chance to continue to work to increase the grouse population without interference from Washington.”

Gardner agreed with Tipton.

“A one-size-fits-all approach is not the way to best protect the Sage grouse. States have proven that they are more than capable of working in tandem with the federal government to preserve wildlife,” he said.

The Bureau of Land Management is set to announce a recommendation to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife in September regarding whether sage grouse should be listed as threatened or endangered species.