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Representative Tracey Mann's Statement on Extension of Lesser Prairie Chicken Public Comment Period

Tracey Mann
Tracey Mann

Representative Tracey Mann released the following statement regarding the lesser prairie chicken 30-day public comment period extension.

"It is good to see that the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has responded to requests for an extension to the public-comment period for the proposed listing of the lesser prairie chicken under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). I strongly oppose this listing and co-signed two letters with several of my colleagues asking the FWS for an extension of time to comment on this critical issue, which affects many Kansas landowners in my district. While the 30-day extension is not as long as the time requested, this extension will at least give the public more time to voice their opinions on the matter.

During their announcement last month, FWS commended the voluntary efforts in Kansas, including 40,000 acres of habitat conservation, but ultimately decided that the federal government is better equipped to address these local areas. This is yet another federal overreach that will disrupt industries that are vital to our economy. I will remain vigilant as the rulemaking process begins and want to ensure all Kansas stakeholders are heard and not negatively impacted by any federal designation.

FWS has sent a proposed rule to the Federal Registrar for public comment. Public comments are open at www.regulations.gov under docket number FWS–R2–ES–2021–0015. I encourage all stakeholders who are affected by the new proposed rule to comment so as FWS works through rulemaking all Kansas stakeholders are heard."

(Information courtesy Representative Tracey Mann.)