Sage Grouse Letter

On 12 November 2014 the US Fish and Wildlife listed the Gunnison Sage Grouse as a ‘threatened species’ under the Endangered Species Act.  This was done in spite of the ongoing efforts by farmers and ranchers to protect the grouse by local actions such as the Gunnison Plan, which is proving successful.  For those of you in the affected habitat area, we have written a sample letter, with contact information, which you may wish to cut-and-paste, edit, or ignore.  You may want to review any agreement you have with the US Government, such as CRP, to see if you have already ceded authority for them to access your property.



Be it known to all                                                                                                                                   DATE


On Wednesday, 12 November2014, the US Fish and Wildlife Service listed the Gunnison Sage Grouse as a ‘threatened species’ in portions of southwest Colorado and adjoining eastern Utah.  This action supposedly preempts ongoing efforts by private and public entities of the Sovereign State of Colorado to preserve this species.  Efforts which in the Gunnison River Basin are proving successful and are being devised for the Four Corners Region.  I can only conclude that this action by USFWS is more about control of private property and less about some bird.


Neither the Constitution of the United States nor of the Sovereign State of Colorado allows this Agency and its actions.  I refer to Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution and to Article 1 of the Constitution of the Sovereign State of Colorado.  The first reference does not allow for Federal ownership of the land included in the proposed Grouse habitat.  Nor does it provide for such regulation over private property.  The second reference describes the boundaries of the Sovereign State of Colorado with no ‘carve-out’ for Federal public lands.

As a Sovereign Citizen of the Sovereign State of Colorado and as a free-born citizen of the United States, I declare the following:

With the exception of harm to my life, livelihood, or wellbeing, I have no intention of harming or harassing wildlife of the      State of  Colorado which may from time to time transit my private property.

The USFWS has no authority of access to my private property.

No other Agency of either the State or Federal Government has authority to access my private property without proper cause  and a criminal warrant.

Any intrusion without such warrant will be considered 3rd degree criminal trespass and referred to the proper County law   enforcement authority.











Jerry Martin, Sheriff, Dolores County, CO, 409 North Main Street P.O. Box 505, Dove Creek CO 81324

Dolores County, CO BOCC, 409 North Main Street, P.O. Box 608, Dove Creek, CO 81324

Will Furse, District Attorney, CO 22nd Judicial District, 103 North Chestnut, Cortez, CO 81321

USFWS, Office of External Affairs, 134 Union Blvd., Lakewood, Colorado 80228

John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado, 136 State Capitol, Denver, CO 80203-1792

Cory Gardner, US Senator-elect, 514 S Ash St. Yuma, CO 80759-2704

213 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515

Michael Bennet, US Senator, 1127 Sherman St., Suite 150, Denver, Colorado 80203

458 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

Scott Tipton, US Representative, 835 E. Second Avenue, Suite 230, Durango, CO 81301

218 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515

Ellen Roberts, CO State Senator, P.O. Box 3373, Durango, CO 81302

Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80203

Don Coram, CO State Representative, PO Box 3007, Montrose, CO 81402-3007

Colorado State Capitol, 200 East Colfax, Denver, CO 80203

J. Paul Brown, CO State Representative-elect, PO Box 178, Ignacio, CO 81137

Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80203