Finney County Wants A Bigger Role In Lesser Prairie Chicken Regulation

Apr 8, 2014

Finney County commissioners want to have a say in the federal government’s regulations for the lesser prairie chicken.

The commission signed a letter to the Bureau of Land Management yesterday 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 last month.

The BLM has asked Kansas counties affected by the decision to participate in the process.

But county commissioners said they want more than just input.

Being given coordinating status means the Bureau of Land Management must consider the county's concerns because the county previously adopted a Natural Resource Coordination Plan.