Governor Signs Executive Order For Sage Grouse

February 10, 2015
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Gov Herbert

SALT LAKE CITY – Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued an executive order to help ensure a healthy sustainable population for the Greater Sage-Grouse. The executive order ensures Utah state agencies do their part to prevent an Endangered Species listing. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is under court order to decide whether to list the Greater Sage-Grouse under the Endangered Species Act by Sept. 2015. A listing would limit many activities on Utah’s sagebrush lands and would be devastating to the state’s economy. Utah is one of 11 states with Greater Sage-Grouse. Four percent of the total bird population is found in Utah. The State of Utah has already developed a conservation plan for Greater Sage-Grouse that addresses the most significant threats to the bird population. The governor’s executive order directs state agencies to minimize the impact of activities on Sage-Grouse, consult with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources on decisions that could affect Sage-Grouse habitat, incorporate directives from the conservation plan into state operations and report on Utah efforts.

 

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