Published:
Views: 1636

Congressional Rider Blocks Gunnison Sage-Grouse Funding

Buried in the fine print of last month’s $1.1 billion Cromnibus — the love child of a “continuing resolution” (CR) and “omnibus” spending bill — was a rider that prevents federal funding to meet court-imposed Endangered Species Act (ESA) deadlines.

GunnisonSageGrouse_lg

Buried in the fine print of last month’s $1.1 billion Cromnibus — the love child of a “continuing resolution” (CR) and “omnibus” spending bill — was a rider that prevents federal funding to meet court-imposed Endangered Species Act (ESA) deadlines. Among the species impacted by this backroom politicking was the Gunnison sage-grouse, a species of grouse roughly two-thirds the size of the more common Greater sage-grouse.

Found solely in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah, the Gunnison sage-grouse has disappeared from 93 percent of its native range. Today, less than 5,000 exist, with the largest concentration in Colorado’s Gunnison Basin. In November, the Gunnison sage-grouse was listed as threatened; according to the Interior Department, the rider does not void this decision. Learn more about this species here.

Tagged with:
Posted in Colorado, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Utah, West

EMAIL SIGNUP

Please sign me up to receive breaking news and updates from the Land Report!

Latest Tweets

News By Region

The Land Report | 2019 America's Best Brokerages
The Land Report is proudly partnered with: Hall and Hall Bates Land Consortium Mossy Oak Properties United Country Real Estate Live Water Properties Fay Ranches Inc. Mirr Ranch Group californiaoutdoorproperties.com Whitetail Properties TerraStone Land Company Hayden Outdoors Real Estate Western Ranches LandLeader
Pacific West Great Plains Great Lakes Midwest Southwest South Northeast Pacific West Great Plains Great Lakes Midwest Southwest South Northeast