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USFWS seeks comment on draft range-wide plan for lesser prairie-chicken

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is again seeking public comment on the proposed listing of the lesser prairie-chicken. Individuals will also have the opportunity to comment on the revised 4(d) special rule, which includes the provision of a draft range-wide candidate conservation agreement with assurances for lesser prairie-chickens.

On May 6, 2013, the Service proposed a special rule that, in the event the lesser prairie-chicken were to be listed as a threatened species, would encourage voluntary participation in conservation programs benefiting the species. After development of the Range-Wide Conservation Plan, the Service has opted to reopen the comment period for 30 days, marking Jan. 10, 2014, the final deadline to submit comments. The Service will issue its final listing determination no later than March 30, 2014.

With much of the Sorghum Belt, including Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico, largely affected by this ruling, NSP encourages producers to weigh-in on this important issue by urging the USFWS to not list the lesser prairie-chicken as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. More information on the lesser prairie-chicken is available online at http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/LPC.html.

Date: 1/6/2014



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