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U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to tour northwestern Colorado ranch

3:44 PM, Jan 21, 2014   |    comments
Keynote speaker and Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, speaks during a commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address at the Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg National Military Park on November 19, 2013 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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CRAIG, Colo. (AP) - U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is visiting Colorado to learn about efforts by ranchers to help conserve sage grouse.

She's scheduled to join Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday on a tour of a ranch in Craig.

Hickenlooper is trying to persuade the Bureau of Land Management to change its proposed plan for protecting the birds.

Last week, he protested the agency's proposal to set limits on the amount of land that could be disturbed based on the amount of bird habitat. 

He said protections for the birds should still allow northwestern Colorado's main economic drivers - ranching and energy development - to thrive. 

The federal government is considering whether the western sage grouse population should be federally protected. 

Wyoming has proportionally more sage grouse habitat than any other state.

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