Endangered and Threatened Species Listing Action

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has the statutory responsibility of administering Nebraska’s Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act. One of the Commission’s duties under the Act is to periodically determine which species are endangered or threatened in the state. Revisions to the list of endangered and threatened species were last completed in 2000, and since then much new information has been gained regarding the abundance, distribution, and imperilment status of rare species in the state.

In 2018 and 2019, the Commission held multiple public hearings throughout Nebraska to gather public testimony on the recommended listing and delisting of state endangered and threatened species. The public and other interested parties also had the opportunity to submit comments to the Commission via email, phone, or letter. Regulation changes for the listing and delisting of state endangered and threatened species (see below) will be brought to the Board of Commissioners on January 22, 2020 at the Commission Meeting in Lincoln. The Board may take action on the recommended regulations following a public hearing at this meeting.

Click here for the final recommended regulations presented to the Commission.

Species to be considered for listing action are listed it the link below, where you can learn more about the action being considered for each species.

Thick-billed Longspur

(formerly known as McCown’s Longspur)

View listing proposal
View species summary

Timber Rattlesnake

View listing proposal
View species summary

North American River Otter

View delisting proposal
View species summary

Four small-bodied fishes

View listing proposal
(click species name to view species summary)
Flathead Chub (no longer recommended for listing)
Plains Minnow (no longer recommended for listing)
Sicklefin Chub
Western Silvery Minnow (no longer recommended for listing)

According to Nebraska Revised Statute § 37-806, determinations regarding endangered and threatened species shall be made on the basis of the best scientific, commercial, and other data available to the Commission. These listing considerations were conducted following the process outlined in § 37-806, including: providing notice to the public, state departments, NRDs and public power districts, and the Governor; allowing at least 60 days for comment; holding at least one public hearing; submitting data to scientists outside of the Commission; and developing an outline of potential impacts of listing new species.

All listing action proposals were sent to scientists or experts outside and independent of the commission for peer review of the data and conclusions. All substantive comments from peer reviews were addressed in the proposals.
View peer review response

2018 & 2019 Public Hearings for Recommended Listing Action:

  • Jun. 22, 2018, Ogallala (District 7)
  • Aug. 16, 2018, Valentine (District 6)
  • Oct. 26, 2018, Kearney (District 4)
  • Jan. 18, 2019, Lincoln (District 8)
  • Mar. 15, 2019, Nebraska City (District 1)
  • Apr. 24, 2019, Ponca (District 3)
  • Jun. 21, 2019, Alma (District 5)
  • Oct. 18, 2019, Omaha (District 2)