December 2, 2022

Ransom Money Disguised As “Voluntary” Mitigation Payments

It seems that the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources is conducting an investigation into how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determines what energy companies and other private businesses pay in what is conveniently called “Voluntary Payments” used to “mitigate” impacts on migratory birds. This could prove interesting.

An email that accompanied this letter from the head of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee to Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said that even though the letter requested sought-after information before December 1, 2016, as of January 10, 2017, no “substantive documents” had been received.

Isn’t this very much typical administration stonewalling? In this case, let the next director handle it.

Click this link to read the letter.


Migratory Bird Hunting; Final Frameworks for Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations

SUMMARY: The Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or we) prescribes final frameworks from which States may select season dates, limits, and other options for the 2016-17 migratory bird hunting seasons. The effect of this final rule is to facilitate the States’ selection of hunting seasons and to further the annual establishment of the migratory bird hunting regulations. We annually prescribe frameworks, or outer limits, for dates and times when hunting may occur and the number of birds that may be taken and possessed in hunting seasons. These frameworks are necessary to allow State selections of seasons and limits and to allow recreational harvest at levels compatible with population and habitat conditions.<<<Read More>>>