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Marshall, Colleagues Secure Delay on Lesser Prairie-Chicken Endangered Species Act Listing

US Senator Dr. Roger Marshall
US Senator Dr. Roger Marshall

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced Monday it is extending the effective date of the final rule to list the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species Act until March 27, 2023.

This decision comes after US Senator Roger Marshall of Kansas and his colleagues urged the USFWS to delay the rule in a letter this month.

US Senators Marshall, Jerry Moran of Kansas, James Lankford of Oklahoma and Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma, along with US Representatives Tracey Mann of Kansas, Jake LaTurner of Kansas, Ron Estes of Kansas, August Pfluger of Texas, Stephanie Bice of Oklahoma, Dan Newhouse of Washington, Ronny Jackson of Texas, Frank D. Lucas of Oklahoma and Tom Cole of Oklahoma, issued the following joint statement regarding the announcement by the USFWS.

"While a delay gives industry stakeholders valuable time to prepare for more bureaucratic red tape, our preference continues to be that this listing of the lesser prairie-chicken be dropped. Each party that is targeted by this listing must take advantage of this opportunity to continue to engage in their longstanding voluntary conservation efforts, a fact that went completely ignored by the federal government when it came to this decision. We commend Secretary Haaland for the additional time, but we will continue to do what we can at the federal level to stop the rule from going into effect."

(Information courtesy Senator Marshall's Office.)