RIFLE, Colo. (AP) - County commissioners from across northwest Colorado are pleading with Gov. John Hickenlooper to intercede with a federal agency that is considering measures to protect the greater sage-grouse.
Hickenlooper said Thursday he is urging the federal government to consider Colorado as a model for sage-grouse management and to avoid listing the bird as a threatened or endangered species.
According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (http://tinyurl.com/myxlqn7 ), commissioners from Garfield, Mesa, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties and other elected officials said the consequences of the Bureau of Land Management's decision about how to manage 1.8 million acres of land extends well beyond the well-being of the bird.
They said communities of the region could be hurt economically by strict land-use regulations.
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