U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
February 20, 2013
Paul McKenzie (573) 234 2132 ext. 107
Georgia Parham (812) 334-4261 x 1203
Topeka Shiner Meeting Rescheduled to March 7
Topeka Shiner. Photo by Aleshia Kenney/USFWS.
Due to the threat of inclement weather, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Missouri Department of Conservation have changed the date of a public meeting to discuss a proposed reintroduction of endangered Topeka shiners in northern Missouri. The meeting, originally scheduled for February 21 in Green City, will be held on March 7.
The public meeting is from 6 pm to 8:30 pm (Central Standard Time), at the Green City Hall, 4 South Green St., Green City, Missouri 63545.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to reintroduce the endangered Topeka shiner in northern Missouri, in partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation and The Nature Conservancy, as part of an effort to restore populations in Missouri. The reintroductions would be carried out on lands managed by MDC and TNC.
On January 23, 2013, the Service published a proposed rule to establish a “non-essential, experimental” population of Topeka shiners in Adair, Gentry, Harrison, Putnam, Sullivan and Worth counties in northern Missouri. This designation gives wildlife managers more flexibility in working with the reintroduced Topeka shiners and provides nearby private landowners with reassurance that the presence of a protected species will not affect their activities.
The Service is seeking public input on the proposal to establish a nonessential experimental population of Topeka shiners in Missouri. You may submit information by one of the following methods:
- Electronically: Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on Docket No FWS–R3–ES–2012–0087.
- By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R3–ES–2012–0087; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.
Deadline for comments is March 25, 2013.
For more information on the Topeka shiner and the Service’s activities to recover endangered species, visit http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/
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