Wildlife officials, GarCo differ on greater sage-grouse habitat

Special to The Sentinel/Richard Olsen Greater sage grouse, such as this male, may be listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act. More than 220,000 acres in Garfield County have been identified as priority habitat for the bird, and county officials fear that conservation recommendations could severely limit oil and gas development, grazing and other activities.



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Special to The Sentinel/Richard Olsen Greater sage grouse, such as this male, may be listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act. More than 220,000 acres in Garfield County have been identified as priority habitat for the bird, and county officials fear that conservation recommendations could severely limit oil and gas development, grazing and other activities.

A map developed by Garfield County significantly under-
represents the habitat needed by the greater sage grouse, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife official told the county…




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