The Lesser Prairie Chicken has been a thriving neighbor to U.S. military bases and energy industry operations across the Southwest. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week acknowledged the success of conservation efforts and the birds’ tenacity, deciding to not pursue relisting it as a threatened species.
“This has long been an effort by Members of Congress from Oklahoma. I’m glad the USFWS has received the message,” said Congressman Jim Bridenstine. Bridenstine led the effort last week amending the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act to prevent re-listing the Lesser Prairie Chicken for five years. In that debate he said, “With my amendment to the NDAA, we can ensure the various state and private conservation plans have time to work. Re-listing the LPC would impact military readiness by impeding operations and expansions at the seven military bases within the species’ historic range.”
Congressman Bridenstine applauded Senator Inhofe for this success, “Special credit is due to Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe for leading the charge over many years to allow states and local stakeholders to conserve the LPC without interference from Washington D.C.”
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