Washington, DC - July 09, 2014
Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) announced today the successful inclusion of language to the FY 2015 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill to delay for one year any potential Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing of the sage hen.
The measure would apply to the greater sage-grouse, bi-state distinct population segment of greater sage-grouse, Columbia basin distinct population segment of greater sage-grouse and Gunnison sage-grouse.
“More time is needed to convince the Department of the Interior, which controls the vast majority of the sage hen habitat, to undertake the necessary work to conserve the resource and prevent the ESA listing,” said Amodei. “Interior needs to stop ignoring its financial responsibility while simultaneously attempting to saddle state and private landowners with the obligation to fund fuels management and habitat restoration projects that are absolutely the responsibility of the federal government. Until that happens, funding for any potential ESA rule with respect to the sage hen should be withheld.”