St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Following five public hearings and an 86 day comment period, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has adopted a new list of endangered species for the state.
29 species, including the bald eagle, wolf and snapping turtle were removed from the list. 180 species of plants and animals were added, while 91 species had their status either upgraded or downgraded while remaining on the list.
“The ultimate goal of putting a plant or animal on the list isn’t to put up walls around it; it’s to restore its health and get it back off the list,” said Rich Baker, DNR endangered species coordinator. “There are plenty of examples of that happening, and it doesn’t have to come at the expense of sustainable economic development.”
More information on the new endangered species list for Minnesota can be found on the DNR's webpage.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns