Colorado Agriculture Groups Comment on Proposed Plover Listing

Colorado agriculture groups quickly responded to the proposed listing of the Mountain Plover under the ESA. The Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Corn Growers Association and the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers all opposed the action. Comments from several groups are listed below.

Alan Foutz, Colorado Farm Bureau

“Due to the reckless deal making of the Fish and Wildlife Service, the majority of Colorado agriculture is now in danger of being regulated under the Endangered Species Act. Colorado farmers and ranchers have made good faith efforts to work with the FWS and conservation groups to insure that the Mountain Plover is monitored and protected. The species is thriving in Colorado and the west and the proposed ruling is just one more slap in the face of the ag community, the original conservationists.

“We were at this exact same place almost 10 years ago and it is clear that the proposal to list the species is based entirely on pacifying environmental interests and is in no way predicated on sound science. The Colorado Farm Bureau opposes listing the species as threatened. As a result of its deal making, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is placing undue costs on the ag community and the American taxpayer.”

Terry Fankhauser, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association

“The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association is once again disappointed in how the Endangered Species Act is executed in relation to species being considered for listing.  The recent announcement that the Fish and Wildlife Service will consider, yet again, listing the Mountain Plover as threatened due to a court case settlement is indicative that species and those who are actually conducting conservation measures for the species are being punished.  All the while, so called “conservation groups” are collecting hefty settlement fees so they can file their next lawsuit.”

Colorado Corn Growers Association, Mark Sponsler

“Regulation for the sake of being well-intentioned accomplishes nothing productive and places expensive landmines on an otherwise healthy and productive landscape.  The Fish and Wildlife Service cannot hope to be viewed as a credible agency if it weights political agendas over facts and sound science.”

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Barb Ramirez on July 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Hi Shawn! I have a booklet I’d like to forward to you, but there is no email address to contact you..Please contact me through my email address, and then I can forward it to you. I really think that you will appreciate it, and maybe we could get the farm bureau to send it to their members. I’ll wait to hear from you. Thanx! Barb


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