Monday, September 01, 2014

Brownback back in chicken fight

By The Herald Staff | 6/4/2014

TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback called on the Obama Administration this week to re-consider listing the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a “threatened” species, which Kansas officials have said will have a negative impact on the Sunflower State.

Brownback called on the U.S. departments of interior and agriculture to suspend regulatory actions related to the birds until all proposed plans are reviewed and considered; to recognize the important role drought has played historically in the ebb and flow of the Lesser Prairie Chicken population; and to address current program opportunities available through the Conservation Range Program or Environmental Quality Incentives Program to show good faith that recovery of the species is the mission, according to Brownback’s office.

TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback called on the Obama Administration this week to re-consider listing the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a “threatened” species, which Kansas officials have said will have a negative impact on the Sunflower State.

Brownback called on the U.S. departments of interior and agriculture to suspend regulatory actions related to the birds until all proposed plans are reviewed and considered; to recognize the important role drought has played historically in the ebb and flow of the Lesser Prairie Chicken population; and to address current program opportunities available through the Conservation Range Program or Environmental Quality Incentives Program to show good faith that recovery of the species is the mission, according to Brownback’s office.

Kansas also is expanding its participation in an Oklahoma lawsuit asking for an injunction to give Kansans time to consider all options, including those plans that remain in the pipeline for governmental approval, Brownback said.

“The listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken is just one more example of the federal government disregarding state’s rights,” Brownback said. “We will protect the rights of Kansas landowners and businesses. We can do that and protect the Lesser Prairie Chicken at the same time.”

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