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Wildlife Policy News | April 2014 | Issue 4

Editor: Laura Bies

Wildlife Policy News is intended to foster the exchange of information about policy issues among Society leaders. The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect official policy of The Wildlife Society unless so stated.

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Fish and Wildlife Service Releases Economic Analysis
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently released a peer-reviewed economic analysis of the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and Coastal Program Projects entitled “Restoration Returns: The Contribution of Partners for Fish and Wildlife [...]

Public Comment Period Open for Clean Water Act CoverageUPDATE The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) jointly released a proposed rule that is intended to clear up long-standing confusion over the types of waters that are covered under [...]

Interior Announces New Mitigation Strategy
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell recently announced the release of a new landscape-scale mitigation strategy formulated by the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Energy and Climate Change Task Force. The strategy aims to take a [...]

Decision to Remove Sheep from National Forest Upheld
A 9th circuit court judge recently upheld the 2010 decision by the Payette National Forest Supervisor in Idaho to protect the health of bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) by banning domestic sheep from grazing in 70 percent [...]

New Initiatives to Address Honeybee Decline
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a new initiative that will provide $3 million in funding for pollinator management and conservation. Funding will be provided through the [...]

House Considers New ESA Legislation
The 13 House Republicans of the Endangered Species Act Congressional Working Group released a report in early February consisting of recommendations for updating the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The ESA celebrated its 40th anniversary this past [...]

Comment Period Extended for Greater Sage Grouse
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently announced the extension of the public comment period on the proposed rule to list the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of greater sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) as threatened [...]

USDA Announces National Feral Swine Control
Early this month the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced plans for a national effort to control and minimize damage from feral swine. APHIS is allocating $20 million for the program to assist [...]

Lesser Prairie Chicken to be Listed as Threatened
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently released a final rule to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The decision comes 19 years after the [...]

AFWA creates Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining National Resources
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) recently announced the creation of a Blue Ribbon Panel on sustaining America’s diverse fish and wildlife resources. The Panel will be headed by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny [...]

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