Montrose, CO - The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has proposed to list the Gunnison Sage-grouse as an endangered species pursuant to the Endangered Species Act. This action requires FWS to designate critical habitat for the species. Populations of these birds are known to exist in portions of Montrose County, especially the Crawford/Maher area and the Cimarron Valley. Large portions of both public and private land within Montrose County have been proposed as critical habitat. Comments in response to the initial proposal are due by March 12, 2013.
A Montrose County map which shows the proposed critical habitat designations can be viewed at http://www.montrosecounty.net/gsg
Interested parties may also contact Steve Segin of the Fish and Wildlife Service at (303)236-4578 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Montrose County Board of County Commissioners is researching the issue and will be providing formal comments in response to the proposed listing. Citizens wanting to communicate with the Commissioners on this issue can contact the Government Affairs Department at (970)252-4549.