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Citation Label: CO004
Publication Name: Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan
Publication Type: Report
Section Name: Appendix B: GrSg Disturbance Guidelines
Author Name: Colorado Division of Wildlife
Other Authors: BLM, USFS, USFWS, NRCS
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Publication Year: 2007
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Local Source File: CO04-coloradogreatersagegrouseappendixb.pdf
Annotation: This conservation plan identifies current threats to the greater sage-grouse and their habitats in Colorado and suggests management practices for its conservation. Appendix B suggests management practices for preserving greater sage-grouse habitat and preventing disturbance of the greater sage-grouse life cycle. The plan assesses varied seasonal habitats to determine when oil and gas activity can be conducted.
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Recommended BMPs: “Managers should consult and implement appropriate strategies within this plan, and then should also read and apply strategies within the applicable local plan(s). In some cases, more detail will be offered by the local plans, and in other cases, this plan will be more specific. This approach will assure that both statewide issues and local conditions are recognized and addressed. Please refer to the goals of the CCP (pg. 9): this “Conservation Strategy” is designed to directly target most items on that list.” Pg. 306 (pg 1)
Ownership: Ownership: Federal, State, and Private on a voluntary basis “Also note that there are 3 general situations that may occur in energy development, regarding land ownership and mineral development rights ownership (mineral estate): (1) federal land, federal estate; (2) “split-estate” where mineral and surface ownership are different (e.g., private land, federal mineral); and (3) non-federal land (e.g., private, state), non-federal estate. Ultimately, it would be best if all appropriate strategies were adopted across all 3 of these scenarios, but application on private estate is applied only on a voluntary basis.” Pg. 314 (pg. 9)

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