Revealing certain data could result in collecting, disturbance and vandalism where species locations are identified, Bean testified.He also said Fish and Wildlife can’t always consider data from states, counties and tribes to be the best available when information from these sources sometimes conflicts.
“None of these bills will actually lead to the recovery of more species,” committee member Raul Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat, said Tuesday.
He also predicted that the bills, if left unchanged, “will likely go the way of the Dodo bird.”
Ross Lane, director of the Western Values Project watchdog group, said by e-mail Tuesday that he questions Jankovsky’s commitment to transparency when Garfield County invested considerable resources into, and worked with oil and gas industry consultants on, an alternative sage-grouse plan that’s “destined for rejection” by Fish and Wildlife and the BLM.
“If the commissioner was truly serious about avoiding a devastating listing of the greater sage-grouse, he’d be working in good faith with stakeholders, not fighting them at every turn,” Lane said.