Environmental Group Supportive of Fish and Wildlife Service in Listing of Lesser Prairie ChickenThu, 27 Mar 2014 18:07:22 CDT
David Festa of the Environmental Defense Fund offered the following statement on the listing by the Fish and Wildlife Service to declare the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a Threatened species, one step short of declaring it an endangered species.
"Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially listed the lesser prairie-chicken as a "threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act.
“It's a sad day when a species has to get listed. The bright spot is that the Service has opened the door to innovative approaches for species conservation, as demonstrated by its commitment to range-wide planning. By sharing the responsibility for species protection with the states and private landowners, the Service has increased the potential for recovery of the lesser prairie-chicken. This is a big evolution in how the Act gets implemented.
"We believe more can, and should, be done to engage private landowners. I am hopeful that through modern species conservation measures like habitat exchanges currently under consideration with the Service, we can meet the challenge of feeding and fueling a growing population without harming the planet in the process."
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