You can use the following talking points when you call:
and state agencies have been working with sportsmen’s groups and many
other stakeholders in a historic collaborative effort to conserve,
restore, and enhance sage-grouse habitat—and that process is working.
federal and state conservation efforts are needed to benefit the bird, and
these measures will also improve habitat for other game species, like mule
deer, elk, and pronghorns.
amendment to the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would
unnecessarily delay sage-grouse recovery efforts and transfer federal
authority over management of your public lands to the states—and neither
consequence appeals to sportsmen.
amendment has nothing to do with national defense and is an end-around
approach to transferring management authority of your public lands to the
states, undermining sage-grouse conservation efforts already in effect.
states agencies, Governors (with the exception of Utah), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have NOT
indicated that any such legislation or delay is necessary.
authority to the states, without regard for NEPA and other federal laws
for public lands, sets an unacceptable precedent and almost certainly
ensures that the greater sage-grouse will be listed six years from now.
amendment creates even more uncertainty for industry, ranchers, and other
stakeholders, by delaying the decision 10 years and shifting authority and
delaying implementation of the nearly final federal management plans.
amendment would waste millions of taxpayer dollars already invested in habitat
conservation and management plans that have been ongoing for several years
Thank you for standing up for an iconic gamebird and critical ecosystem of the American West!