Governor Dave Freudenthal issued a revised Executive Order Wednesday on Wyoming’s sage grouse Core Population Area Strategy, aimed at protecting the bird to prevent an Endangered Species Act listing while offering opportunities for resource development.
The revised Executive Order includes maps with new boundaries of protected sage grouse core area habitat where development is prohibited. It replaces an Executive Order that Freudenthal signed earlier this month, and allows for development in non-core areas, even where sage grouse are present.
The governor said the expectation is that sage grouse habitat losses can be offset by habitat gains made elsewhere. Freudenthal said a sage grouse listing under the Endangered Species Act would be devastating to every part of Wyoming’s economy, and he credited the state’s management of the bird, coupled with good weather, as helping to achieve that goal.