State Endangered Species Update: Hearings this week, Your Input Needed


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is proposing to amend and change the rules regarding Minnesota’s endangered, threatened, and special concern species list.  Species on the list are placed into one of three categories: endangered, threatened, or special concern.  The DNR is recommending that some species be removed from the list completely, that some be added, and proposing changes to the status of others.  We must thank the DNR for updating this important list, and urge that the strongest protections possible be given to species at the greatest risk for extinction, including moose and Canada lynx. 

Learn more about the proposed changes and share your feedback at a public hearing this week (more info):   

  • Tuesday, February 5 at 6 p.m.  Stanford Event Center, 1111 Event Center Drive NE, Bemidji
  • Wednesday, February 6 at 6 p.m. Gitchee Gumee Conference Center, 6201 Congdon Blvd., Duluth
  • Thursday, February 7 at 6 p.m. Best Western Plus Kelly Inn, 2705 North Annapolis Lane, Plymouth

Can’t attend a hearing?  Submit a public comment urging the DNR to protect Minnesota’s sensitive species.  Comments are due Wednesday, February 27 at 4:30 p.m.  View the Sierra Club’s suggested talking points here.


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