Gardner: “Stop the Federal Assault on Colorado Agriculture and Energy”

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today supported an amendment offered by Senator Moran (R-KS) which would reverse the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s unilateral decision to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a threatened species.

“The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken is an attack on Colorado’s economy, and completely ignores the hard work that state and local officials have done developing conservation plans designed to protect the species from harm,” Gardner said. “This listing could place millions of acres of land off-limits to energy development, farming, and ranching, risking a major negative economic impact.

“Coloradans know better than the federal government how to best protect our environment, and that’s why we’re one of multiple states who have attempted to work with Fish and Wildlife on state conservation plans. Unfortunately, these efforts were ignored, and the federal government went ahead with its unilateral decision. Reversing this listing is the right decision for Colorado’s economy and its environment.”