Species Status Review

Process of reviewing the status of listed species in Kansas

KDWPT is mandated, pursuant to Kansas statutes, as designated by the Kansas Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act of 1975, to review all current and proposed species on a five-year interval. Accordingly, the Department is currently accepting petitions for the five-year review in 2013, to be completed in 2014. A Threatened and Endangered Species Task Force consisting of members representing various disciplines including state and federal agencies and nongovernment organizations review the currently listed species and those species proposed for listing. During this review, species can be added, removed, or moved within their current designated listing based upon submitted petitions. These petitions must have documented scientific evidence to support a decision for a given species by the task force. The task force then makes a recommendation for each species to the secretary who in turn makes recommendations to the KDWPT Commission. These recommendations and any amendments thereto are published in the Kansas Register for public comment for at least 90 days. The secretary then submits to the commission the recommended changes, if any, that should be made to the list of threatened and endangered species or species in need of conservation.