The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has delayed a final ruling on the endangered status of the White Bluffs Bladderpod found in Benton and Franklin Counties.
NBCRightNow.com - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has delayed a final ruling on the status of a controversial plant.
The service was scheduled to make a decision Thursday on the endangered status of the White Bluffs Bladderpod found in Benton and Franklin Counties. Now, the ruling has been pushed back to December 20th.
The Fish and Wildlife Service has told area farmers they could lose access to some land if the plant is found to be endangered. However, recent DNA testing has shown the plant is not unique to this region.
Congressman Doc Hastings released the following statement on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's announcement today to delay the ruling.
"As I have stated to both Secretary Jewell and Director Ashe over the past few months, it is imperative that they factor the best and most current science relating to the Bladderpod. As DNA studies revealed in July, the White Bluffs Bladderpod is a 100 percent match with bladderpod plants found abundantly in other states and areas where they are not proposed for listing as an endangered species. It is my hope that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service takes this extra time to fully consider the DNA testing and other science that has been brought to their attention in recent months, and to reverse its decision to list these plants and force a critical habitat designation on hundreds of acres of private farmland in Franklin County."