Texas Agricultural Land Trust and the National Ranching Heritage Center will co-host a landowner forum in Lubbock to discuss the recent listing of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken as threatened.
Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced it had added the lesser prairie chicken to its threatened species list. The threatened species list is one-step below the Endangered Species List.
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Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ruled that the lesser prairie chicken is a "threatened" species and is entitled to protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The lesser prairie chicken has habitats in five states, including Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing the bird as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and a final determination is expected by March 31st.
Some in the City of Georgetown and Williamson County opposed the measure, saying that the measure would damage development in the area for the salamanders, which are found in springs in Bell and Williamson Counties.
The group aims to provide a market-based response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposed listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a “threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act.
Written comments must be received by close of business on August 8th, 2013.
The Fish and Wildlife Service has yielded to a group of congressmen who requested an extension on the Lesser Prairie-Chicken being placed on the threatened species list.
The Endangered Species Act specifically allows the Fish and Wildlife Service to extend the deadline when the status of the species is in dispute.
The Lesser Prairie-Chicken may be placed on the Endangered Species List