October 20, 2019

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeking Public Input

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public input on an environmental impact study on migratory bird hunting. If this is an issue you are concerned with, give them your input. Often times the majority of comments received are from anti-hunters and animal rights groups. Below is the press release along with information on how to make comment.

PUBLIC INPUT INVITED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT ON MIGRATORY
BIRD HUNTING
Public meeting in Hadley, Mass., on April 10, 2006

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published a notice inviting
public comment and participation as a part of the scoping process in
drafting a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) on the hunting
of migratory birds. Comments can be sent directly to the Service or
provided at a dozen scoping meetings to be held around the country.

“Migratory bird management is a key mission of the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service,” said Service Director H. Dale Hall. “This National
Environmental Policy Act process will ensure that all voices are heard as we
further our Nation’s migratory bird hunting tradition and examine its
role as a wildlife management tool.”

The Service invites Federal and State Agencies and the public to
present their views on the scope and substance of an SEIS, options or
alternatives to be considered and important management issues. The SEIS will
update the 1975 EIS and 1988 SEIS for issuing of annual hunting
regulations.

Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Fish and Wildlife
Improvement Act, the Secretary of the Interior has the authority to determine
whether migratory bird hunting can take place and issue regulations to
guide management. Migratory game birds are species designated in
conventions between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Russia.

The draft SEIS — which will contain management alternatives — will be
published for comment next year. The notice of the public scoping
process was published in the March 9, 2006, volume of the Federal Register.

Written comments regarding SEIS scoping are due by May 30, 2006, to
Chief, Division of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, Department of the Interior, MS MBSP-4107-ARLSQ, 1849 C Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20240. Alternately, comment may be sent by fax to (703)
358-2217 or by e-mail to huntingseis@fws.gov. All comments received
from the initiation of this process on September 8, 2005, (when the
Service published a Notice of Intent to prepare a SEIS) until May 30, 2006,
will be considered.

For more information, please see
http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/fedreg/MGBHR.HTML.

PUBLIC SCOPING MEETINGS are being held around the country, including a
meeting at 7 p.m. on April 10, 2006, in Hadley, Massachusetts, at the
Northeast Regional Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 300
Westgate Center Drive.

The Service regulates the hunting of waterfowl, cranes, rails, snipe
and woodcock and doves and pigeons. Regulations governing seasons and
limits are created annually since bird populations change from year to
year. These “annual” regulations have been written by the Service each
year since 1918. Other regulations, termed “basic” regulations such as
those governing hunting methods, are changed only when a need to do so
arises.

In the September 8, 2005, Federal Register, the Service provided
information on the current process for establishing sport hunting
regulations, the tribal regulations process, the Alaska subsistence process, and
past NEPA considerations.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency
responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and
plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American
people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge
System, which encompasses 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of
small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69
national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological
services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws,
administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations,
restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores
wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American
tribal governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the
Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of
dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state
fish and wildlife agencies.

For more information about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visit
our homepage at http://www.fws.gov.

Nicholas Throckmorton
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Public Affairs
Room 3357
1849 C. Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20240

202/208-5636 – phone
202/219-2428 – fax
Copyright 2006 New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive,
Concord, NH 03301. Comments or questions concerning this list should
be directed to lpoinier@wildlife.state.nh.us.

Tom Remington

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