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State of Wyoming receives Award for State-Led Sage Grouse Plan

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Cheyenne, WY 82002
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September 22, 2011


Renny MacKay
Communications Director


The State of Wyoming receives Award for State-Led Sage Grouse Plan

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  Wyoming’s effort to keep sage-grouse off of the endangered species list was recognized by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. Wyoming was one of 17 recipients of a Partners in Conservation Award.

“I am pleased that Secretary Salazar would recognize Wyoming and all of our partners for the hard work that went into creating the sage-grouse plan,” Governor Matt Mead said. “More than that, I hope this is also an acknowledgement that Wyoming, the energy industry, agriculture producers and private landowners are significantly affected by this plan, and deserve thanks for making sacrifices in their support of it.”

In June Governor Mead signed the Sage-Grouse Core Area Protection Executive Order. It updated an Order signed by Governor Freudenthal providing more flexibility for management in the core areas. “I do believe what makes this plan work is that it was a state-led effort and I am glad to see the federal government recognize Wyoming with this award.”