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.
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. Listing considerations shall be conducted under the following process:
- Provide public notice of such proposed action in the portion of the subject species’ range in which it is proposed as endangered or threatened;
- Provide notice of such proposed action to and allowed comment from the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Environmental Quality, and the Department of Natural Resources in Nebraska;
- Provide notice of such proposed action to and allowed comment from each natural resources district and public power district located in that portion of the subject species’ range in which it is proposed as endangered or threatened;
- Notify the Governor of any state sharing a common border with Nebraska, in which the subject species is known to occur, that such action is being proposed;
- Allow at least 60 days following publication for comment from the public and other interested parties;
- Hold at least one public hearing on such proposed action in each Game and Parks Commissioner district of the subject species’ range in which it is proposed as endangered or threatened;
- Submit the listing action proposals to scientists or experts outside and independent of the Commission for peer review;
- For species proposed to be listed, develop an outline of the potential impacts, requirements, or regulations that may be placed on private landowners, or other persons who hold state-recognized property right, as a result of the listing of the species.
The Commission will hold a series of public hearings in 2018 and 2019, each with a quorum of Commissioners present, throughout Nebraska to gather public testimony on the proposed listing and de-listing of state endangered and threatened species, but no actions will be taken at that time. After all of the required public hearings in Commissioner Districts, regulation changes for the listing and de-listing of state endangered and threatened species will be brought to the Board of Commissioners who may take action on the proposed regulations following a public hearing during a scheduled and noticed Commission Meeting.
Public hearings for proposed listing action:
- June 22, 2018, 8:30 a.m., Midplains Community College Conference Room, 512 E B Street, Ogallala
- Aug. 16, 2018, 8:30 a.m., Niobrara Lodge Meeting Room, 803 E Highway 20, Valentine
- Oct. 26, 2018, 8:30 a.m., Holiday Inn Express Meeting Room 508, 2nd Avenue South, Kearney
Additional public hearings will be scheduled in 2019.
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.
North American River Otter
Four small-bodied fishes
Questions and comments regarding the proposed listings may be sent to ngpc.ListingAction@nebraska.gov.
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