URGENT: Call Your Senator today and tell them NOT to undercut sage-grouse conservation efforts!

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 Image courtesy of Sasha Nelson, Conservation Colorado

Senator Lee (UT) has added an amendment to the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would halt sage-grouse conservation measures already in progress, undermine ongoing collaborative efforts to protect the species, waste millions of taxpayer dollars invested in planning and management of federal public lands, force the federal agencies to adopt and implement state sage-grouse plans – some which could not stand alone for needed conservation efforts, and delay a listing decision from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 10 years.

This is unacceptable and sportsmen need to speak up now.

We have been working overtime to ensure that sage grouse have the habitat they need to support long-term sustainable population health and to keep the bird off of the endangered species list. We also want to give future generations the opportunity to hunt these iconic birds of the West. With a formal listing decision just five months away, sportsmen’s groups are confident about the bird’s prospects, given the unprecedented collaboration among federal agencies and the states to improve habitat conservation and management within the species’ range. If this 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.

ACT NOW: Call YOUR Senator’s office today, and tell them that, as a sportsman, you support the current efforts to recover sage-grouse habitat and oppose Lee’s Amendment and any legislative actions that disrupt the current process. 

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You can use the following talking points when you call:

- Federal 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.

- Both 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.

- Lee’s 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.

- This 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.

- The 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.

- Shifting 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.

- The 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.

- This 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!

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