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(Wyo)-Governors Warning Against Dumping Grouse Protection Plan

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/01/2017 01:14 PM
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper are warning the Trump administration against making big changes in a plan to protect the greater sage grouse, saying it would send a message to states not to bother working together to save imperiled species.
       Hickenlooper, a Democrat, and Mead, a Republican, say the 2015 conservation plan to save the grouse by protecting some of its habitat while allowing development on some was the product of long negotiations among state and federal governments, conservation groups, industry and agriculture.
     The plan is designed to protect the bird without putting it on the Endangered Species List, which usually brings restrictions on oil and gas drilling, mining and agriculture.
     Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, a Montana GOP Congressman when appointed by President Trump, said in June that his department would consider changing the plan to give states more flexibility.


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