- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service says it will reopen a public comment period on a proposed critical habitat and a draft economic analysis about two mussel species found in 13 states, including Arkansas.

The two threatened species are the Rabbitsfoot mussel and the Neosho Mucket mussel. Under the Endangered Species Act, the service must consider areas thought to be crucial to a species’ conservation and to mark them as a critical habitat.

The proposed critical habitat for the two mussel species consist of about 783 miles of rivers and streams in Arkansas.

The dates for the public comment period are pending. Once they have been set, two public meetings will be scheduled. This will be the fourth round of public comment on the proposal.

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