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house Bill H.R. 527

Greater Sage Grouse Protection and Recovery Act of 2017

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Title

Greater Sage Grouse Protection and Recovery Act of 2017

Official Title

To provide for the conservation and preservation of the Greater Sage Grouse by facilitating State recovery plans, and for other purposes.

Summary

Greater Sage Grouse Protection and Recovery Act of 2017 This bill addresses the October 2, 2015, finding of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) that the greater sage grouse is not an endangered or threatened species. Until September 30, 2027, the USFWS may not alter or invalidate the finding. Additionally, the Department of the 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.

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      house Committees
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 13th, 2017
    The best thing about this bill is the fact that it allows the states that are home to those birds to take charge of protecting this species! That's the way it SHOULD be, IMO.
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    Not a conservation bill, seeks to keep the grouse off the endangered species list until 2027 regardless of their population. Seems to allow development in land formally off limits due to grouse conservation.
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    Why are they calling this the "Greater Sage Grouse Protection and Recovery Act" when they are clearly stating that the grouse is not endangered or threatened, but that those findings cannot be altered or invalidated for TEN years?!? Things could change at any time. The name of this act leads you believe they are trying to HELP the sage grouse, when in fact, I interpreted this act to LIMIT help for the sage grouse. Can someone clarify? Thx
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    Misleading Title (depending on who you ask) . The bill puts sage grouse conservation in the hands of states (not necessarily bad). But Section 2.3.c states that "Until September 30, 2027, the conservation status of the greater sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.. shall remain NOT WARRANTED FOR LISTING UNDER SUCH ACT (emphasis mine)". As a supporter of federal wildlife protections I vote against.
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    Blocking any attempt to update or revise the data and need for endangered species status for ten years puts them at greater risk of over hunting.
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    A ten year period without review could be detrimental to a species that needed to be studied in the first place.
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    The state that have population of these birds will be able to take control of these wildlife species and regulate as they see fit.
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    To ensure a healthy population of Sage Grouse, needs to be reviewed more frequently than 10 years.
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    I do not support turning sage-grouse management over to the individual States, which I believe will lead to inconsistent and politically-motivated actions rather than science-based actions designed to conserve the species.
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    What is the status of this bill? Need to contact our Senators and say NO!
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    I believe that the animals that are protected under the Endangered Species Act should be reviewed annually for inclusion or not. No review of finding for a ten year period is too long a period.
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    Protect the grouse
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    This does not protect the sage grouse for a decade!
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    The federal government does not have the legal right to be involved and Environmental Protection or preservation
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    Protect our precious biological resources!
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    Protect the grouse.
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