WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman, along with Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4) today sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Daniel M. Ashe challenging the critical habitat designation for the Neosho Mucket and Rabbitsfoot Mussell in Arkansas -- a decision the delegation says could negatively impact Arkansas’s families, farmers, businesses, and local communities. The delegation letter calls for information on the process that led to the agency’s proposal and asks the FWS to reevaluate the scope of the critical habitat designation.
“We are asking the Agency to be fair, open, and grounded in science,” said Senator Boozman. “When they say how much this proposal will cost, they cannot ignore the costs to farmers and families. And when they set-aside a specific area as critical habitat, they need to be able to explain why.”
The delegations letter can be read in its entirity by opening the attached file below.
- FSW Critical Habitat Designation Letter - (1.1 MBs)