as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/20/2020 02:51pm
A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; modifying factors to consider in designating species
as endangered, threatened, or of special concern; amending Minnesota Statutes
2018, section 84.0895, subdivision 3.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 84.0895, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
(a) The commissioner shall adopt rules under chapter 14, to
designate species of wild animal or plant as:
(1) endangered, if the species is threatened with extinction throughout all or a significant
portion of its range;
(2) threatened, if the species is likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future
throughout all or a significant portion of its range; or
(3) species of special concern, if although the species is not endangered or threatened,
it is extremely uncommon in this state, or has unique or highly specific habitat requirements
and deserves careful monitoring of its status. Species on the periphery of their range that
are not listed as threatened may be included in this category along with those species that
were once threatened or endangered but now have increasing or protected, stable populations.
(b) The range of the species in this state is a factor in determining its status as endangered,
threatened, or of special concern. A designation by the secretary of the interior that a species
is threatened or endangered is a prima facie showing under this section.
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deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text beginnew text end The commissioner shall reevaluate the designated species list every three years
after it is first adopted and make appropriate changes. The review must consider the need
for further protection of species on the species of special concern list. Species may be
withdrawn from designation in the same manner that species are designated.