GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper has appointed a former head of the Great Outdoors Colorado land conservation organization to lead a state effort to preserve the greater sage-grouse and fend off an endangered listing for the bird.
John Swartout says he agreed to coordinate state efforts to deal with sage-grouse because he hoped to find a way to preserve the birds and allow for the development of Western Slope economies.
According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, the Bureau of Land Management is considering how to manage some 4 million acres in northwest Colorado to prevent an endangered listing of the greater sage-grouse by U.S. Fish and Wildlife.
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