NEW ULM - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public hearing to gather input on proposed updates to the state list of endangered, threatened and special concern species before an administrative law judge at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the New Ulm Community Center, 600 N. German St.
The DNR is proposing to remove 15 plants and 14 animals and add 67 animals and 114 plants to the state list. Minnesota's threatened and endangered species law gives special protection to plants and animals at risk of extinction and prohibits the taking or possession of endangered and threatened species except in certain situations.
If a proposed project cannot avoid a protected species, the state can issue a "taking permit" that is combined with mitigation, such as funding for research or acquisition of other sites to protect a species. Over the past decade, the DNR has received 23 applications for development-related taking permits and has issued all but one.
People wishing to comment on proposed changes may present testimony at the hearing. Written comments may be submitted to the Office of Administrative Hearings, 600 N Robert St., St. Paul, MN 55164-0620 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on the state list of endangered, threatened and special concern species, including proposed changes and how to comment on them, can be found at: