Don’t let D.C. pol­i­tics undo pro­tec­tions for sage grouse

The Denver Post - - PERSPECTIVE -

Re: “Give sage grouse plans time,” July 30 guest commentary.

I ap­pre­ci­ated Dave Showal­ter’s opin­ion piece on Sec­re­tary of In­te­rior Ryan Zinke’s re­view of the sage-grouse plans. As a mem­ber of one of the 10 in­de­pen­dent Audubon chap­ters in Colorado, I have been watch­ing what hap­pens re­gard­ing man­ag­ing this iconic species I en­joy ob­serv­ing. In fact, our chap­ters joined to­gether and sent a let­ter to Gov. John Hick­en­looper and our con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion. Our mes­sage was clear: for­ward-think­ing sage-grouse man­age­ment plans, de­vel­oped from years of col­lab­o­ra­tion, should not be de­railed by Wash­ing­ton pol­i­tics.

We are among many who live, work, play and place great value on our pub­lic lands. We’re speak­ing up and we’re not alone. Re­cently a Western rancher/ county com­mis­sioner, an oil and gas de­vel­oper and a bi­ol­o­gist all went to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., to sup­port these plans. Western-style col­lab­o­ra­tion at its best! Short-sighted pol­i­tics should not over­turn years of hard work. We need to give these plans a chance to do what was in­tended.

Ron­ald Harden, Love­land

Den­ver Post file

Greater sage grouse jockey for po­si­tion dur­ing mat­ing sea­son on the Mc­stay Ranch in Craig on April 7, 2015. In­te­rior Sec­re­tary Ryan Zinke has called for a new re­view of sage grouse con­ser­va­tion plans.

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