Gunnison Sage-Grouse in Saguache County

gunnison sage grouse 200x133Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus) is a species of sage-grouse found south of the Colorado River in Colorado, and UT.

 

The US Fish & Wildlife Service has proposed to list the species under the Endagered Species Act (ESA) and designate critical habitat. Saguache County is home to two distinct areas with Sage Grouse habitat and birds: Poncha Pass, the eastmost Sage Grouse range, and, in the Gunnison Basin, in northwest Saguache County.

 

The Poncha Pass Gunnison Sage Grouse Working Group of stakeholders in that area, has long been engaged in Sage Grouse conservation. Saguache County has participated from the beginning in Gunnison County's Sage Grouse Strategic Conservation Committee, and the newly created  County Coalition for the Gunnison Sage Grouse. This unprecedented multi-jurisdictional collaborative includes ten Colorado counties and one in Utah, working together to protect the bird and it's habitat. The Governors of both states have signed onto the Conservation Agreement the Coalition has established. 

 

Basic Information about the species:

 

Colorado Division of Wildlife Page:

http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/Profiles/Birds/Pages/Gunnisonsagegrouse.aspx

 

Critical Habitat Maps (Saguache County Residents can click on these links to see if their property falls in critical habitat):

Map of Poncha Pass Critical Habitat.

http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/birds/gunnisonsagegrouse/Unit7_PonchaPass011413.pdf

 

Map of Gunnison Basin Critical Habitat:

http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/birds/gunnisonsagegrouse/Unit6_GunnisonBasin011413.pdf

 

Fish and Wildlife Service Listing Process and listing documents:

http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/birds/gunnisonsagegrouse/

 

FWS Frequently Asked Questions about listing (see ESA Landowner Fact Sheet- attached document)

Specific GUSG listing questions from the Gunnison Basin and answers from the FWS. (see ESA questions attachement).

 

Comment Letters

 

Saguache County comment letter 1 to U.S. Fish & Wildlife

 

Saguache County comment letter 2 to U.S. Fish & Wildfife

 

Saguache County comment letter 3 to U.S. Fish & Wildlife

 

Gunnison County's third comment letter

 

Other Reference Documents 

 

Poncha Pass Gunnison Sage-grouse Conservation Plan (2000) External Link

Gunnison Sage-grouse Rangewide Conservation Plan (2005) External Link 

Federal Public Register, Endangered Status for Gunnison Sage-grouse (Jan 13, 2013) External Link

Federal Public Register, Critical Habitat for Gunnison Sage-grouse (Jan 13, 2013) External Link

 

pdfSage_Grouse_County_MOU.pdf

pdfThe_11_county_2_state_Conservation_Agreement.pdf

pdfCounty Coalition Letter Gunnison Sage-grouse Request To Extend Deadline499.35 KB