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Public meetings conducted for two prairie butterflies’ proposed rulings
Midwest Region, November 4, 2013
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Biologists from the Twin Cities Field Office traveled to North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin to conduct public meetings in support of the proposed rule to list two prairie butterflies (Dakota skipper and Poweshiek skipperling) under the Endangered Species Act and the proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the two species.

 

Meetings took place in Minot, North Dakota on November 5; Milbank, South Dakota on November 6; Milford, Iowa on November 7; Holly, Michigan on November 13; and Berlin, Wisconsin on November 14. The purpose of these meetings was to explain the listing and critical habitat proposals, answer questions and to explain how the public may submit comments during the 60-day public comment period. The meetings in the Dakotas and Michigan were attended by over 30 people representing a wide variety of agencies and private citizens. While the meetings in Iowa and Wisconsin were attended by fewer people, there was a good diversity of attendees that sparked highly valuable conversations. Colleagues from Ecological Services Field Offices in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Michigan provided the logistical assistance necessary for these productive meetings to run smoothly. Biologists from the Twin Cities Field Office are also planning to conduct additional small meetings with private landowners and interested parties in Minnesota later this winter.

Contact Info: Tamara Smith, 612-725-3548 (x2219), tamara_smith@fws.gov



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