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October 17, 2014

An Update on the Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo

One of the best things about Colorado is its majestic beauty. Our public lands offer up some of the most spectacular landscapes you could imagine. And these places are home to an abundance of plants and wildlife.

In Colorado, we've enjoyed a lot of success working together to ensure our public lands are preserved for multiple uses. Whether you're a skier, a hiker, a wilderness enthusiast, a snowmobiler, work in agriculture or the energy industry, we've always found a way to compromise and protect our lands for a variety of uses. That's why we've always asked federal agencies to allow Coloradans the appropriate amount of time to consider proposed rules and make their voices heard when these agencies are considering any sort of action that may affect Coloradans' abilities to enjoy the land as they currently do. Any action they take should be fully informed by the people that it will affect the most.

On that front, we received some good news this week from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). After pushing the FWS to provide more time for Coloradans to submit input on its proposed critical habitat designation for the Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, the agency has agreed to a 60-day extension of the comment period. A notice is expected to be published in the Federal Register in the coming days that will announce the new comment period.

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