Salt Lake City | February 10, 2015
On February 10, 2015, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed an Executive Order to protect the greater sage-grouse. The Order ensures state agencies will conform with the Conservation Plan and make management and policy decisions that “maintain, improve and enhance Greater Sage-Grouse habitat.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is determining whether to list the bird under the Endangered Species Act.
The Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office (PLPCO) is responsible for coordinating with State agencies, whose operations affect the Greater Sage-grouse, to implement Utah’s Conservation Plan. PLPCO, alongside the Division of Wildlife Resources, will reevaluate the Conservation Plan as new science, information, and data emerge regarding the sage-grouse, their habitat and behaviors. The Executive Order also requires State agencies to report to PLPCO “detailing their actions to comply” with the Order.
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