Endangered Species
8:46 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Woodward Meeting To Consider Threatened Listing For Bird

 The Oklahoma Farm Bureau is hosting a meeting for landowners and others concerned about the status of the lesser prairie chicken.

The lesser prairie chicken.
Credit USDAgov / Flickr Creative Commons

The meeting next week in Woodward is to look at how Oklahoma would respond to the federal government's plan to list the bird as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The purpose of the meeting is to develop a conservation strategy for the bird's habitat in Oklahoma.

The bureau's director of regulatory affairs, Marla Peek, says oil and gas operators inOklahoma will be required to do mitigation if the bird is listed. Peek says that will involve landowners who can sell mitigation credits to preserve and enhance habitat for the chickens on their property.

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