New Poll: Large Majority of Westerners Oppose Using the NDAA to Block Sage-Grouse Plans

 ·  Vet Voice Foundation, Press Release

Today, the Vet Voice Foundation released the results of a new poll of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming residents showing that 69% oppose using the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to stop the sage-grouse land use plans from being implemented. The poll’s release comes on the same day that the NDAA hits the Senate floor. 

“A strong majority of Westerners—including military men and women, veterans, and their families—have once again made it clear that they do not want to see years of Western stakeholders’ hard work derailed,” said Garett Reppenhagen, Iraq War veteran and Rocky Mountain Director of Vet Voice Foundation. “The United States Department of Defense, the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force have all said that sage-grouse is irrelevant to our military readiness. That’s why sixty-seven percent of military members and their families are opposed to the NDAA rider. Congress needs to respect our men and women in uniform and stop insulting the nation’s intelligence by pretending that sage-grouse conservation is a threat to our security.” 

Last month letters were released by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Readiness,  ArmyNavy, and Air Force on the sage-grouse plans. The letters made it clear that the sage-grouse plans do not impede our nation’s military operations, training, or readiness. 

The poll found that 63% of voters favor the Department of Interior’s sage-grouse land management plans, which were released last September. 

Earlier this week the Vet Voice Foundation launched an ad campaign urging those in Congress not to use NDAA as an excuse to thwart the bipartisan and collaborative efforts by Western stakeholders to safe guard the sage-grouse and the iconic Western lands the bird inhabits.  

The poll was conducted by Harper Polling.