Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon is asking for public feedback to inform his review of Wyoming's existing Greater Sage-grouse Executive Order. Comments are due by May 1 and should be submitted to email@example.com. Wyoming's strategy to protect sage-grouse can impact when, where, and how development projects are allowed to proceed in the state; proponents of new projects must address their compliance with the Order before they will get approval from any state agency. This includes the Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Transportation, and others.
The governor states that the primary elements of Wyoming's Core Area Strategy and protections for the bird will remain unchanged. The governor plans to re-issue a sage-grouse Executive Order, hoping to improve upon existing elements of the State's approach to sage-grouse conservation.
The Executive Order is the State of Wyoming's primary regulatory mechanism to protect the species and its habitat. It outlines procedures that seek to minimize disturbance and incentivize development outside of designated "core population areas" for the bird. The first Greater Sage-grouse core area protections for Wyoming were signed in 2007 and have been revised in the years since. To learn more and see the documents, visit the Wyoming Fish and Game Department's website.