Gardner Statement on Sage-Grouse Announcement

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today following the Secretary of the Interior’s announcement that the greater sage-grouse does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act:

“Keeping the greater sage-grouse from being listed as an endangered species has always been my goal, and I’m glad Secretary Jewell arrived at the same conclusion. Greater sage-grouse populations are increasing, and I commend the collaborative efforts from stakeholders to keep this bird from being listed. While land use management is best handled by local groups, landowners and state leaders, I will be closely monitoring the implementation of the federal land-use management plans on our public lands in Northwest Colorado and across the West.”

Senator Gardner introduced the Sage-Grouse Protection and Conservation Act in April. The Act would have allowed for the implementation of state-created conservation and management plans for sage-grouse recovery. The state of Colorado has already spent over $60 million for greater sage-grouse protection. The Act, co-sponsored by eight other western Senators and endorsed by numerous stakeholders, put pressure on the Interior Department to not list the sage-grouse.



Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy. 

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