Energy Advisory Board looks at greater sage-grouse |

Energy Advisory Board looks at greater sage-grouse

With the recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to forgo listing the greater sage-grouse as threatened or endangered, conservation of the bird’s habitat is now left to regional Bureau of Land Management offices, county governments and private landowners.

The Garfield County Commission has been deeply involved in this issue and has sponsored development of refined habitat mapping and conservation policies with the goal of promoting responsible multiple use on public lands.

County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky and Community Development Director Fred Jarman will speak at the county’s Energy Advisory Board meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday to share the county’s perspective on next steps regarding sage-grouse habitat conservation in Garfield County. The meeting is at the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave. Dinner is provided starting at 5:30, and the meeting is scheduled to end by 7.

The Energy Advisory Board is a monthly forum for the public, oil and gas industry, landowners and local government to discuss responsible and balanced development of resources in the county.

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