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CRAMER: Statement on Interior Sage Grouse Report & Endangered Species Act Reform

Aug 7, 2017
Press Release

Recording: Audio 1, Audio 2

BISMARCK, N.D. – Congressman Kevin Cramer made the following statement after Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, released a report today as a result of his Secretarial Order entitled “Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation and Cooperation with Western States.”

“I commend Secretary Zinke and his staff for undertaking this effort to review the federal agency Sage Grouse plans and look for ways to enhance cooperation with states in managing this species found in southwestern North Dakota. Since coming to Congress, I’ve been working with my colleagues to ensure coordination and best available use of scientific data with states and important stakeholders on Sage Grouse management.” 

In 2010, the Fish and Wildlife Service found the Greater Sage Grouse was warranted for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), but has not listed the species.

“Similar with other species, environmental groups have tried to use the Sage Grouse as an excuse to institute overly restrictive land management to shut down farming, ranching, and energy development. Listing the species under the ESA would be a bad decision for the Sage Grouse as well, considering the law’s poor rate of recovery for species since its enactment in 1973. While serving on the House Natural Resources Committee, I supported efforts to reform the Endangered Species Act so it works better for jobs, property rights, the taxpayer and species recovery, and I’ll continue to support these efforts during the 115th Congress.”

Congressman Cramer is cosponsoring H.R. 1273, the 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act, H.R. 1274, the State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act, and H.R. 3131, the Endangered Species Litigation Reasonableness Act in the 115th Congress.