The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association commends Gov. John Hickenlooper for his leadership and engagement regarding the development of the Preliminary Resource Management Plan for the Greater Sage-Grouse. The governor has worked hard to develop management alternatives that both safeguard the grazing and energy development industries of northwest Colorado, and protect the Greater Sage-Grouse and its habitat. In a recent letter to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Hickenlooper makes an example of the Colorado Habitat Exchange and the partnership between CCA and the Partners for Western Conservation, which brings together private landowners, energy companies, and state and federal regulatory agencies in the development of a conservation plan. Hickenlooper clearly states that grazing has not been identified as harmful to Greater Sage-Grouse habitat and requests that conservation measures not have unintended consequences for agriculture. His call for a science-based solution that maintains a local context represents the policies and recommendation of our organization.
Hickenlooper’s efforts to protect the Greater Sage-Grouse and prevent it from being listed under the Endangered Species Act is important to Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, its member, and all of rural Colorado.
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