County commission wants input on prairie chicken

Lesser Prairie Chicken (KSN File Photo)

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) – Finney County commissioners say they want to have a say in the federal government’s efforts to decide the regulations for the lesser prairie chicken.

The commission signed a letter Monday to the Bureau of Land Management asking for coordinating status while the agency devises a plan to regulate the lesser prairie chicken and its habitat. The bird was designated as a threatened species in March.

The BLM had asked Kansas counties affected by the decision to participate in the process. But county commissioners said they want more than just input, and being given coordinating status would ensure more of a voice.

Coordinating status would mean the BLM must consider the county’s concerns because the county previously adopted a Natural Resource Coordination Plan.

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