Wyoming Sage-Grouse Executive Order - Public Input Requested
Comments Due May 1st, 2019
Governor Gordon is interested in suggestions that may be used to update the Sage-Grouse Executive Order. Sage-Grouse Implementation Team Chairman Bob Budd asks to please use the existing SGEO as the base document to work from. Rather than word-smithing it, we recommend you focus on pointing out the specific areas that you think need clarification and explain why. We ask that you please explain the issues you see with the content and be specific as to what section or page number you’re referring to.
Comments should be submitted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments are due by May 1st, 2019.
WCL Suggested Talking Points For Greater Sage-Grouse Executive Order (EO) 2015-4:
Keep the management prescriptions the same. This includes management identified in the EO making up the Sage-Grouse Core Area Protection Strategy.
There is a hierarchical management approach for reducing harm to quality sage-grouse habitat – avoid harm, minimize harm, and when core-area grouse management has been met and exceeded, the operator must compensate financially for their harm. The State of Wyoming developed a document regarding the financial circumstance and that document produced on July 10, 2017 and the table produced on Oct. 28, 2018 need to be included or referenced in Governor Gordon’s EO.
Include additional language on monitoring, reporting, and data collection. The state needs to clarify and account for, on a range-wide basis, their use of exceptions, waivers, modifications, and exemptions. If Wyoming knows how many exceptions are given to allow for an operator to be physically present and active during mating season, for example, they will have a better understanding of bird impacts and it will guide their future decisions for other exception requests.
Maintained language regarding landowners and land use, “It is critical that existing land uses and landowner activities continue to occur in Core Population Areas, particularly agricultural activities on private land.” “Existing land uses and landowner activities deemed to have negligible or no impacts to Greater sage-grouse are exempt from review for consistency under this Executive Order.”