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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.

 

 
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