Gov. Herbert statement on sage-grouse litigation [UPH Wire]

**attached contains the following: *
For Immediate Release
Contact: Aimee Edwards
Public Information Officer
801.538.1509 desk
801.755.3085 cell
edwards@utah.gov

Gov. Herbert statement on sage-grouse litigation
SALT LAKE CITY (February 4, 2016) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the
following statement regarding the sage-grouse lawsuit filed by the Utah
Attorney General’s office:
“The 2,000 pages of new regulations recently imposed by the federal
government are in many ways more restrictive than an Endangered Species Act
designation. This one-size-fits-all decision does not reflect the
tremendous diversity in greater sage-grouse habitats across the West.
Today’s action by the state will allow greater flexibility in protecting
this unique species while allowing reasonable economic growth in rural Utah.
“I have always believed that, as a state, Utah is better positioned to
manage our sage-grouse population than the federal government. Utah has
adopted a strong conservation plan designed to protect, enhance and restore
sage-grouse habitats throughout the state. This effort by Utah has resulted
in the restoration of more than 500,000 acres of sage-grouse habitat and a
significant growth in sage-grouse populations. It is unfortunate that the
federal government has decided to reject this successful plan.”
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