Governor Brown on Sage Grouse

Governor Brown: ‘I call on the Secretary of the Interior to Reconsider Undermining Protection for Sage Grouse’
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today released the following statement regarding the Department of Interior’s actions to remove protections for sage grouse across the West:
“Oregon’s sage-grouse plan protects jobs in some of Oregon’s least populated counties and provides a collaborative roadmap for conservation of this iconic bird. It was the product of years of collaboration by diverse stakeholders, and it earned Oregon a chance to manage our land and wildlife without the restrictions of an endangered species listing.
“Thursday’s actions by the Department of the Interior to remove Sage-grouse Focal Areas on 10 million acres of land across the west and reopen the plans for evaluation is reckless. The Administration is playing fast and loose with two things that make Oregon special – proud rural communities and diverse wildlife.”
“I call on the Secretary of the Interior to meet with western Governors, value the collaborative approach that built Oregon’s plan, and reconsider undermining protection for sage-grouse.”