Tell Congress: Stop making mischief with sage grouse management

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Image by Sasha Nelson of Conservation Colorado.

Sportsmen have been working overtime to ensure that sage grouse have the habitat they need to support long-term sustainable hunting and to keep the bird off of the endangered species list. With a formal listing decision just five months away, sportsmen’s groups are confident about the birds’ prospects, given the unprecedented collaboration between federal agencies and the states on improved habitat management within the species range. If this robust process is allowed to continue, we believe that the bird will not be listed as a threatened or endangered species, and will instead remain available to sportsmen for hunting.

Tell your representatives to vote AGAINST the inclusion of the sage-grouse rider in the NDAA and to SUPPORT the motion to strike it from the defense bill


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You can use the following talking points:

 - Federal and state agencies, along with a multitude of stakeholders, including sportsmen’s groups, have been working overtime in a historic collaborative effort to conserve, restore, and enhance sage-grouse habitat.

 - Sage grouse habitat restoration and conservation is not only good for the bird and grouse hunters, but also supports habitat for other game species, including mule deer and pronghorns.

 - Despite all of these positive efforts, members of Congress are introducing amendments to the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would serve to delay sage grouse recovery efforts and in essence transfer federal authority to manage your public lands to the states.

- This rider has nothing to do with national defense and is an end-around approach to undermining sage-grouse conservation efforts.

- A delay of any length will jeopardize existing collaboration efforts, and will make it more difficult to keep the bird off of the endangered species list.