Protect Colorado grouse from Zinke’s repeal of conservation plans
In the summer of 2017, the Department of the Interior and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke began to dismantle the 2015 Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) conservation plan for the greater sage-grouse and open the door to various industry-based changes.
Through an unprecedented collaborative effort between the BLM, state and federal wildlife agencies, state and local governments, private landowners, conservation groups, and other stakeholders, a west-wide science-based conservation plan was developed that protected the habitat of greater sage-grouse while allowing for responsible development, recreation, grazing, and other activities, and avoided the need to list the species under the Endangered Species Act.
Secretary Zinke’s proposed changes would re-prioritize industry over conservation and could allow unfettered oil and gas development, ignoring scientific studies that have proven that drilling too close to sage-grouse leks prevent them from breeding – one of the many facts that led to their original decline to current numbers.
We have until December 1 to urge Secretary Zinke and the Department of Interior not to roll back this incredible conservation plan. Please make your voice heard today!
Actions you can take
Submit comments directly to the BLM through their site: eplanning.blm.gov
Submit comments by editing The Wilderness Society’s online letter (your personal information will not be stored, unless you choose to opt in): savethegrouse.org
Here is our handy Writing Comments that Stick tip sheet complete with checkboxes.
Here is some simple suggested language from The Wilderness Society and The Pew Charitable Trusts (Reminder: the most successful comments will be in your own voice):
Tweet your support for the current plan, linking to the comment website above.
Join us at our comment writing party!
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November 30, 5:30-6:30 pm.
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