Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce applauded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for opening the public comment period for the Range-Wide Lesser Prairie Chicken Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances. The comment period ends January 17, 2014, and a listing decision is due by March 30, 2014.
“The Fish and Wildlife Service worked for several months with the five states that would be impacted by a listing of the lesser prairie chicken, and endorsed their balanced plan to conserve the species and protect jobs,” Pearce said. “I applaud them for taking a serious approach to this important issue, and giving us the opportunity to let our voices be heard. I encourage all New Mexicans to submit their comments to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and tell them now why you support this plan.”
More information on the plan can be found at this website:http://www.fws.gov/coloradoes/Lesser_parairie_chicken/index.html . To submit comments electronically, visit www.regulations.gov, enter “FWS-R2-ES-2012-0071” in the search bar, and click on “Submit Now” to finish the process.
New Mexicans may also submit comments in by hard copy to the following address:
Public Comments Processing, Attention: FWS-R2-ES-2012-0071
Division of Policy and Directives Management
4401 N Fairfax Dr, MS 2042-PDM
Arlington, VA 22203
For more information on the Lesser Prairie Chicken and its impact on New Mexico, visitwww.pearce.house.gov/LesserPrairieChicken