Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus) is a species of sage-grouse found south of the Colorado River in Colorado, and UT.
The US Fish & Wildlife Service has proposed to list the species under the Endagered Species Act (ESA) and designate critical habitat. Saguache County is home to two distinct areas with Sage Grouse habitat and birds: Poncha Pass, the eastmost Sage Grouse range, and, in the Gunnison Basin, in northwest Saguache County.
The Poncha Pass Gunnison Sage Grouse Working Group of stakeholders in that area, has long been engaged in Sage Grouse conservation. Saguache County has participated from the beginning in Gunnison County's Sage Grouse Strategic Conservation Committee, and the newly created County Coalition for the Gunnison Sage Grouse. This unprecedented multi-jurisdictional collaborative includes ten Colorado counties and one in Utah, working together to protect the bird and it's habitat. The Governors of both states have signed onto the Conservation Agreement the Coalition has established.
Basic Information about the species:
Colorado Division of Wildlife Page:
Critical Habitat Maps (Saguache County Residents can click on these links to see if their property falls in critical habitat):
Map of Poncha Pass Critical Habitat.
Map of Gunnison Basin Critical Habitat:
Fish and Wildlife Service Listing Process and listing documents:
FWS Frequently Asked Questions about listing (see ESA Landowner Fact Sheet- attached document)
Specific GUSG listing questions from the Gunnison Basin and answers from the FWS. (see ESA questions attachement).
Other Reference Documents
Poncha Pass Gunnison Sage-grouse Conservation Plan (2000) External Link
Gunnison Sage-grouse Rangewide Conservation Plan (2005) External Link
Federal Public Register, Endangered Status for Gunnison Sage-grouse (Jan 13, 2013) External Link
Federal Public Register, Critical Habitat for Gunnison Sage-grouse (Jan 13, 2013) External Link