HR 527 Summary - Greater Sage Grouse Protection and Recovery Act of 2017
This bill addresses the Department of the Interior's October 2, 2015, finding that the greater sage grouse is not an endangered or threatened species. Until September 30, 2027, Interior may not alter or invalidate the finding.
Additionally, Interior and the Department of Agriculture (USDA)are prohibited from amending any federal resource management plans that affect the greater sage grouse in a state in which the governor has notified Interior or USDA that a state management plan is in place
S. 273: Greater Sage-Grouse Protection and Recovery Act of2017
S. 2713 SEC. 4.PROTECTION AND RECOVERY OF GREATER SAGE-GROUSE.
(a) Endangered Species Act Of 1973 Findings.—
(1) DELAY REQUIRED.—The Secretary of the Interior may not modify or invalidate the finding of the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service announced in the proposed rule entitled “Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding on a Petition to List Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) as an Endangered or Threatened Species” (80 Fed. Reg. 59858 (October 2, 2015)) during the period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act and ending on September 30, 2027.
(2) EFFECT ON OTHER LAWS.—The delay required under paragraph (1) is and shall remain effective without regard to any other statute, regulation, court order, legal settlement, or any other provision of law or in equity.
(3) EFFECT ON CONSERVATION STATUS.—The conservation status of the greater sage-grouse shall be considered not to warrant listing of the greater sage-grouse as an endangered species or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) during the period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act and ending on September 30, 2027.
Greater Sage Grouse public land issue could close access to hundreds of collecting sites in the States of Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New México. If the Greater Sage Grouse becomes listed as an Endangered Species, then a lot of their habitat will be closed to human access.
Don't let the Greater Sage Grouse become another Spotted Owl.
What sets the sage grouse issue apart from other Endangered Species is the size of the habitat. To this day, nobody knows how many acres of public, state and private lands will be designated as "critical habitat" but the figure is staggering. Millions upon millions of sagebrush grassland habitat could be affected.
Press Release - September 13, 2012 - Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) criticizes BLM for using sage hen to block energy development.
"Governor creates new Sage Grouse Advisory Committee" (Reno Gazette-Journal, 4/12/12) "Apparently responding to U.S. Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval ... issued an executive order creating a new nine-member Greater Sage Grouse Advisory Committee to provide recommendations no later than July 31 of this year in an effort to prevent a federal Endangered Species Act listing which could 'have significant adverse effects' on Nevada's 'custom, culture and economy'." www.rgj.com/article/20120413/MVN01/304130041/Governor-creates-new-Sage-Grouse-Advisory-Committee
In July, the Obama Administration agreed to settlements with the Center for Biological Diversity and the WildEarth Guardians that covered petitions to list 779 species and 85 lawsuits and legal actions. These settlements mandate that over 250 candidate species must be reviewed for final listing as either threatened or endangered under the ESA by 2016. As shown on the map below, the settlements could increase the number of species listed in all 50 states, a total increase of 16% by 2016. According to the Fish and Wildlife Service’s FY 2013 budget request, as part of the settlement, 88 new final and 47 proposed listing determinations are projected to be completed during this fiscal year.
See how many new endangered species may be added in your state. These could have an impact on gaining access to your collecting sites. Note: California has more Threatened and endangered species listed than any other state.