Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: David Bernhardt’s scrapping of sage grouse plans is wrong for Colorado and the West

As a proud Coloradan, I care deeply about what happens to our public lands, our waterways and the wildlife that depend on them. Protection of our magnificent outdoors is essential to the Colorado way of life. Unfortunately, we are now under national leadership that may not care as much about many of these values. Consider […]

Posted inEnergy, Environment, News, Politics and Government

Trump administration eases land restrictions meant to protect the sage grouse

By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration on Friday finalized changes to sweeping federal land use plans for the West, easing restrictions on energy companies and other industries in a way officials said would still protect a struggling bird species. The changes by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will […]

Posted inBusiness, Environment, Growth, News, Outdoors

Trump administration takes steps to open public lands to drilling by easing sage grouse protections

By Matthew Brown, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling, mining and other activities that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird species across millions of acres in the American West. Land management documents released by the U.S. […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: When the sage-grouse deal is broken for special interests, we all lose

The administration came in with an agenda to break the deal and drastically undermine the 11 state sage-grouse management plans Only a short time into Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s scandal-plagued tenure, Westerners had a hunch that the sage-grouse management plans that took nearly a decade to make — in a collaborative public process […]