Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:20
USFWS reopens Lesser Prairie-Chicken comments
• Special to the Leader & Times
WASHINGTON – Representative Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) issued the following statement following the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) bulletin announcing the reopening of a comment period on a special rule for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken:
“On Jan.8, I requested that the USFWS allow additional time for Kansans to submit comments about the potential listing of the LPC as a threatened or endangered species. I am pleased at the news that they have agreed to my request and are again allowing comments. I have heard from concerned farmers, ranchers, landowners, energy companies, and leaseholders about the devastating impact a listing would have on them.
“With this announcement, Kansans have the opportunity for another 14 days to share their concerns with these federal bureaucrats.”
Comments can be submitted at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FWS-R2-ES-2012-0071-0488.
They must be received by midnight (eastern time) on Wednesday, Feb. 12. A final determination about listing the bird will be released by USFWS by March 31.