CARSON CITY, NV – Governor Brian Sandoval today commended the work of the Nevada Sage-grouse Advisory Committee which issued recommendations yesterday on a course of action that provides conservation measures sufficient to preclude the need to list the Greater Sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act.
“I thank the Advisory Committee, its Chairman, Bob Crowell and each of the members for their diligent and timely work on this very important issue,” Governor Sandoval said. “Representatives from a cross section of our state collaborated in an effort to conserve the Greater Sage-grouse species while maintaining predictable and multiple uses of private, state and public lands. I look forward to reviewing the Committee’s recommendations.”
Recommendations were developed over the course of ten meetings from May through July, and nearly eighty hours of expert testimony, discussion, deliberation and public comment. Meetings were held in Carson City with simultaneous video conference to Winnemucca, Elko and Ely. The recommendations build off several existing efforts, including the 2004 Sage-grouse Conservation Plan developed by Governor Guinn.
The Advisory Committee consisted of members from the mining and agriculture industries, tribal nations, local government, sportsmen and cattlemen, the energy industry, a member from the conservation/environmental industry and a member of the general public. The Committee worked with local, state, Tribal, federal, public and private interests to develop the recommendations.