The Statewide Plan is necessary to provide a statewide perspective
to help ensure the long-term survival of greater sage-grouse. It is meant to supplement, and not replace local plans and the locally driven process that created them. It will take a broad view of the entire range that greater sage-grouse have occupied in Colorado, whereas local plans are specific to individual populations and sites. It will be designed as an umbrella plan — consolidating existing information supplemented with the newest and latest ideas on how we can help the species. The Plan will provide the best available science for assessing target population goals and genetic diversity, habitat requirements, and connection of existing populations, as well as potential habitat expansion.