- Associated Press - Monday, July 13, 2015

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Two federal lawmakers are asking the government not to designate special protections in Colorado for the yellow-billed cuckoo.

Republican congressman Scott Tipton, a representative for western and south-central Colorado, and Sen. Cory Gardner wrote a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service saying land restrictions for the yellow-billed cuckoo could harm growth and development, The Daily Sentinel reported (https://bit.ly/1HXsD9Q ).

They said protections could also interfere with efforts to eradicate tamarisk and other invasive species.

The lawmakers cite the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, which has said the state is on the outskirts of the species’ habitat and that protections wouldn’t significantly contribute to survival.

The city of Grand Junction in western Colorado expressed concerns over possible protections as well. Officials say a critical habitat designation would negatively impact downtown development.

“We fully recognize the good intentions of the Endangered Species Act, but this issue represents yet another instance in which it would behoove (the Fish and Wildlife Service) to pause and consider whether the proposed action would in fact result in more harm than good,” the letter says.


Information from: The Daily Sentinel, https://www.gjsentinel.com

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