HCR7 Sage Grouse Habitat Resolution Ready For Governor’s Signature
The Salt Lake Tribune reports:
With some grousing about federal management of endangered species, lawmakers finalized a resolution urging federal officials not to designate any private land in San Juan County as protected habitat for the Gunnison sage grouse.
The Senate voted 20-2 to pass HCR7, and sent it to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature. The House previously passed it 64-3.
The resolution, sponsored by Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, notes that the federal government has proposed to designate 145,500 acres in San Juan County as critical habitat for the bird — and said 95 percent of it is on privately owned land.
It says that it is ironic since the vast majority of land there is public and controlled by the federal government.
Sen. David Hinkins, R-Orangeville, the Senate sponsor of the resolution, said proposed listing would hurt ranching and mining in the area.
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