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Sage grouse listing topic of town hall

Staff Reports

Douglas County commissioners got a look Monday at new legislation proposed by U.S. Senators Dean Heller and Harry Reid on the proposed listing of the bistate sage grouse as an endangered species for discussion and comment.

Letters commenting on the listing are being written for submission by county staff.

Nevada Cattlemen’s Association is hosting an interactive video Town Hall Meeting on the proposed listing of the sage grouse as an endangered species 4-7 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Douglas County Cooperative Extension.

The purpose of this meeting is to receive input on several resource management issues facing the livestock industry. Of primary focus at the multi-community interactive meeting will be discussion of the draft land use plan amendment and environmental impact statement of the Nevada and Northeastern California greater sage grouse.

The deadline for comments on the draft land use plan amendment statement is Feb. 10.

“It is very important that resource users make substantive comments on the draft EIS, because if an endangered species listing were to occur for the (sage grouse) the socio-economic impact could be similar to what happened to those in the Pacific Northwest where and when the spotted owl was listed as endangered,” said association President Ron Torell. “Most of the front burner issues facing the livestock industry are social, political and environmentally driven, yet should be science-based with the best interest of the land, animals and resources in mind.”

Other issues that may be discussed during the Town Hall meeting include the ongoing wild and free roaming horse debate, public land grazing issues including wildfires and rehabilitation of public lands, and numerous other topics which include but are not limited to water and property rights, water and air quality, and urban encroachment.

Questions will be taken in person at the meeting or may be emailed ahead of time to

Onsite registration begins at 3:30 p.m.

There will be a one-hour livestock production presentation at 4 p.m. followed by the two-hour Town Hall meeting at 5 p.m. There is no charge to attend and membership is not required to participate in the program.