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Re: “Defending 'Colorful Colorado' (and fighting Cory Gardner)

Mr. Hazelhurst,
There are numerous inaccuracies in your article. I did note that you made one correction, however several more exist. Yes, the U.S. fish and Wildlife Service manages the Endangered Species Act, not EPA, and they will make the determination if the Greater Sage Grouse is eventually listed. The Gunnison Sage Grouse was actually listed last year and is a small community of birds in a unique ecological environment in west central Colorado. The real story here is about the habitat that Sage Grouse occupy. It's not about hunting limits of the birds. The sage grouse environment is being lost at an alarming rate from grazing, recreational uses and infrastructure development. That is the main concern. AND, yes politics play a role to support corporations that fund these developments.

The Bureau of Land Management ( with the responsibility of protecting the public land of the U.S.) has tasked individual States to demonstrate their conservation efforts to protect the Sage Grouse and their habitat to prevent the U.S Fish and Wildlife from having to list the species under the Endangered Species Act...hence Mr.Gardnerer's bill introduction. If the Sage Grouse is eventually listed --- there will be no oil & gas development, no grazing, no transmission via power lines or pipelines in or near their protected habitat.

In reality, the State of Colorado needs a plan to balance commercial development and protection of the environment in respect to these "damn" Sage Grouse, which really means their habitat. Without their habitat, there will be no Sage Grouse essentially. Natural evolution? Maybe. My beef is the amount of money that is spent on protecting this habitat, could feed all the school age children that go without breakfast and dinner across Colorado for a year. There has to be a balance between development, use of the land, protection/conservation of the habitat, and opportunities for continued recreation on public lands for the bill to be successful. Good luck Mr. Gardner...meanwhile children go hungry because government entities will continue to extort money out of corporations to support the research for the Sage Grouse.

I'm not generally in favor of Republican agenda's but this one might actually have some traction.

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Posted by Life is a Slice of Pie on 05/04/2015 at 8:55 PM

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