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For Immediate Release
Contact: Aimee Edwards
mobile: (801) 755-3085
Gov. Herbert pens letter to encourage states’ authority to conserve greater
SALT LAKE CITY – (June 11, 2015) Gov. Gary R. Herbert expressed his
gratitude to the Utah federal delegation to thank them for their efforts to
pass a Congressional bill reaffirming the authority of Utah, and other
western states to create and implement a robust conservation measure for
the greater sage grouse through its range in the West.
The listing of the greater sage grouse and the Obama Administration’s
land-use plan are critical issues for Utah. It affects eight million acres
including key military installations in the state, billions in economic
productivity, hundreds of millions in education funding, and critical
conservation programs for sage grouse and other species in Utah.
The pending Lee/Heller/Inhofe Amendment to the Senate version of the
National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 would provide the states the
necessary time to execute their locally-generated plans for the
conservation of the greater sage-grouse before requiring a decision on the
listing of the species. The language included in the House version of the
National Defense Authorization Act of 2016, sponsored by House Resources
Committee Chairman Rob Bishop also meets this requirement.
Utah has prepared, and is implementing, a strong Conservation Plan for
greater sage grouse, and the conservation solutions created by Utah are
demonstrating positive results. The proposed legislation is the best
solution for the conservation of greater sage grouse in the state of Utah,
and allows other states to choose the best path forward for them, based
upon local ecological conditions. The state of Utah will continue to work
closely with the federal delegation to collaborate on this issue.
Full text of the letter is available here.
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