Sen. Moran Introduces Legislation to Address Lesser Prairie Chicken Listing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) recently introduced legislation, S.2623, to protect producers from the consequences of the lesser prairie chicken listing as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The legislation would prohibit the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of the Interior from altering any land management practices based on the lesser prairie chicken listing. This would provide certainty for landowners and assure them the rules in place today will not be arbitrarily changed by the federal government tomorrow.

"I am confident there are ways to address conserving the species while not hampering economic growth and farming and ranching activities," Sen. Moran said. "The lesser prairie chicken listing has already resulted in real consequences for a number of Kansas industries including agriculture, oil and gas development, ranching, transportation and wind energy. I am committed to making certain the measures implemented are based on sound science and common sense, as well as represent the best interest of producers."

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