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Mark Hofberg | The Wildlife Society News

Recent Elephant Poachings Underscore Need for Action

Earlier this month, the 50-year-old elephant Klao — famous for appearing in Thai royal processions as well as in the blockbuster movie “Alexander” — was found dead with its tusks removed at the Thailand conservation center [...]

New FWS Conservation Credit System Open for Comment

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is accepting comments on a draft policy designed to reward private landowners for helping to conserve declining species. The proposed policy would grant credits to landowners and other government [...]

Proposed CRP Changes Open for Comment

The Farm Service Agency announced this week that it is accepting comments on a draft Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SPEIS) for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The SPEIS addresses changes to CRP mandated by the [...]

FWS Finalizes Protections for Garter Snakes

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) finalized a rule listing two garter snake species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The two semi-aquatic reptiles are native to New Mexico and Arizona and have been [...]

USDA pledges $50 million for Midwest Wetlands

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced plans to direct $50 million from the 2014 farm bill budget to conservation projects affecting the Red River of the North Basin. The funds are on top of [...]

Bipartisan Bill on Hunting Access Dies in Senate

A bill to support hunting access while also ensuring financial support for key conservation programs failed on a procedural vote on the Senate floor. Controversial amendments doomed the bill, which had easily passed the initial vote just [...]

Comment Period Extended for Critical Habitat Rules

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have extended the comment period for three proposals they announced in May that are designed to make the designation of critical habitat [...]

Forest Service to Amend Travel Management Rule

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) recently proposed to amend the Travel Management Rule (TMR), finalized in 2005, which requires USFS to designate areas open to motor vehicle use. TMR was deemed necessary because of a large [...]

Experts Release Recommendations on Wildlife Trafficking Plan

The Federal Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking (Council) — an advisory body of experts in wildlife trade — recently released a list of specific recommendations on how to implement the President’s National Strategy for Combating Wildlife [...]

FWS Extends Comment Period for Oil & Gas Development Rules

UPDATE The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced last week that it will extend the comment period for its advance notice of proposed rule-making to clarify and expand regulations managing non-federal oil and gas development [...]