Stating that there is "substantial disagreement regarding the sufficiency or accuracy of the available data" regarding endangered listing of the Gunnison sage grouse, the Board of Delta County Commissioners has joined with an 11-member county coalition calling for an extension of the Sept. 30 deadline to list the bird as an endangered species.
Commissioners Doug Atchley and Bruce Hovde joined with Commissioner Mark Roeber in authorizing the letter to Daniel Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency charged with listing species as endangered.
In making the motion to approve the letter, Roeber noted that all of the other county coalition members had "overwhelmingly" asked for the extension and supported it.
Delta County and the other coalition members (one a Utah county – San Juan) have also submitted a memorandum of understanding among themselves outlining steps they will jointly take to enhance the bird's habitat and aid the recovery of the Gunnison sage grouse.
Local county officials and representatives of other coalition members will be in Gunnison July 16 to meet with Ashe. He will be there for discussions on extending the deadline. Delta and other counties had previously won extension of a comment period on the proposed decision to list.blog comments powered by Disqus