Subject: KANSAS – Hearing on Protecting Lesser Prairie Chicken on Feb. 6

Dear Friend,

Federal wildlife officials have listed the lesser prairie chicken as threatened in Kansas. If the listing decision stands, protections will be expanded for the wild habitat of the lesser prairie chicken in the state.

According to this Kansas Reflector article, some proponents of the listing fear the eventual extinction of the species and what fewer lesser prairie chickens and lack of enough native grasslands to home them mean for , “…water quality, climate resilience, grazing, hunting and recreation.” Some opponents of the listing fear problems for the Kansas agriculture economy and with increased government regulation.

There will be a public hearing on the Senate Concurrent Resolution 1602 (SCR 1602), disapproving the designation of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species in Kansas by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday, February 6, 2023 at 3:30 pm in Room 112-N in the Kansas state Capitol.

If you would like to share your opinion on the matter, attend the aforementioned hearing and contact your representatives. If you contact your representatives on this, note if your state representative is on the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources (see members HERE) since they'll hear the resolution on February 6.

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In good health,

Alexia Kulwiec

Executive Director


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