On February 2, 2017, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) introduced the Greater Sage-Grouse Protection and Recovery Act of 2017 (S.273), allowing states to implement their own specific conservation and management plans to protect greater sage-grouse populations and their habitats, in lieu of federal management. Original co-sponsors of the bill include U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), Dean Heller (R-NV), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Steve Daines (R-MT).
Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT) along with 10 co-sponsors have introduced a House version (H.R. 527). The Bill is aimed at halting the rushed Land Use Plans Amendments of the Obama Administration that ignored sound science, states’ rights and led to the lock up of over 10 million acres to mineral access.
“Thank you to Rep. Bishop and Sen. Risch for the leadership necessary to end this epic land grab from our federal government,” said Laura Skaer, AEMA Executive Director. “With this legislation we can restore public land access and end the politically driven policy that led to these deeply flawed plans.”
AEMA will continue to support this legislation and advance sound land use policy with the Trump administration.
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