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DENVER (Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014) –  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to designate the Gunnison sage-grouse as a threatened rather than endangered species is a testament to the conservation work by landowners, land managers, biologists and other stakeholders. Kate Zimmerman, the National Wildlife Federation’s public lands policy director, said:

“We commend all the work by landowners, community members and local, state and federal agencies to conserve the Gunnison sage-grouse and its habitat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to list the bird as threatened provides on-the-ground flexibility while stemming further losses. We have the opportunity to learn from the Gunnison sage-grouse and act now to protect greater sage-grouse. The greater sage-grouse is still found on about 56 percent of its historic range across 11 Western states. The majority of its habitat is on public lands. That means the Bureau of Land Management, states, private landowners, local governments, sportsmen and other stakeholders need to cooperate to come up with sound, science-based conservation plans so we can get the bird back on firm ground and avoid having to list it.”

Suzanne O’Neill, Colorado Wildlife Federation executive director, said:

"The greater sage-grouse poses different biological considerations from the Gunnison sage grouse and we are hopeful that by working collaboratively, the state, Bureau of Land Management, private landowners and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be able to conserve the greater sage-grouse and avoid the need to add it to the Endangered Species List.”


Contact: Judith Kohler, National Wildlife Federation, 720-315-0855 (m), kohlerj@nwf.org

The National Wildlife Federationis America's conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.

The Colorado Wildlife Federationhas been conserving Colorado’s wildlife and its habitat through education and advocacy since 1953.










Wednesday, November 12, 2014