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February 2023 Newsletter

Interagency Bat Conservation Forum

The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Bat Working Group is sponsoring an Interagency Bat Conservation Forum at the 88th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The Forum will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2023 from 10am – 12pm ET, and will explore critical topics impacting the ability of agencies to manage their bat populations, including potential impacts of proposed Federal bat listings for state activities. Please email for more information and make sure to register to attend the conference so you don't miss out on this event.

USFWS Accepting Comments on Enhancement of Survival and Incidental Take Permits

On February 9, 2023, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register titled Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Enhancement of Survival and Incidental Take Permits. The U.S. Fish Wildlife Service (Service), has proposed to revise the regulations concerning the issuance of enhancement of survival and incidental take permits under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. “The Service proposes to revise the regulations to reduce the time it takes for applicants to prepare and develop the required documents to support applications for section 10(a) permits, thus accelerating permitting and conservation implementation. We propose to accomplish this goal by: • clarifying the appropriate permit mechanism for authorizing take; • simplifying our permitting options under section 10(a)(1)(A) by combining CCAAs and SHAs into one agreement type and allowing the option to return to baseline; • providing additional flexibility under section 10(a)(1)(B) to issue permits for non-listed species without a listed species also on the permit; and • clarifying the requirements for complete applications under both permitting authorities.” The USFWS is accepting comments on the proposed rule until April 10, 2023.