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Interior Secretary Jewell Tours Northwestern Colorado Ranch

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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

CRAIG, Colo. (AP) – U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is visiting Colorado to learn about efforts by ranchers to help conserve sage grouse.

She joined Gov. John Hickenlooper Tuesday on a tour of a ranch in Craig to see how it is working to protect the bird’s habitat.

Hickenlooper is trying to persuade the Bureau of Land Management to change its proposed plan for protecting the birds.

Last week, he protested the agency’s proposal to set limits on the amount of land that could be disturbed based on the amount of bird habitat. He said protections should still allow northwestern Colorado’s main economic drivers, including ranching and energy development, to thrive.

Jewell and Hickenlooper also met with representatives from the oil and gas industry and others in Denver to talk about efforts to reduce methane emissions.

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