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Polis statement on USFWS Greater Sage Grouse announcement

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Washington, September 22, 2015 | comments

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement upon today’s announcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) that it has issued a “non-warranted decision” in regard to a potential listing of the Greater Sage Grouse under the Endangered Species Act:

“Today’s announcement represents what can happen when people across the political divide and throughout different levels of government come together over a common cause. I’m pleased the Fish and Wildlife Service recognized the tireless efforts of those at the federal, state, and local levels to responsibly preserve and protect the sage grouse and its habitat.

“The fact that this announcement was made in Colorado speaks volumes about the ability of our state to bridge the partisan divide and overcome Washington dysfunction for the best interests of all involved – ranchers, grazers, landowners, and conservationists alike.”

Polis has been at the forefront of federal efforts for sage grouse conservation, cosponsoring several amendments to recognize and continue collaborative conservation efforts in Colorado and guest-chairing a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on the subject.

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