On Monday, April 27, 2020, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding Mesa County’s comments on the proposed Revised Designation of Critical Habitat for the Western Distinct Population Segment of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo (YBC).
The Western Distinct Population of the YBC was added to the Threatened Species List in 2014. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now proposes to revise the critical habitat designation under the Endangered Species Act.
The proposal includes 4,003 acres in Mesa County, of which approximately 146 acres are federally owned, 1,039 acres are state owned, and approximately 2,818 acres are owned by local governments or private entities. This means federal ownership of the proposed YBC’s critical habitat in Mesa County is 3.6%.