This Week in Washington

This Week in Washingtonby Public Lands Council
MBTA incidental take rollbackThis week, the Biden Administration rolled back a Trump-era rule that would have prevented criminal and civil punishments for incidental take of birds protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working through what come next – the agency wants to create a new rule that provides for permits that protect migratory birds yet still allow for some accidental deaths. Shannon Estenoz, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks said “Our next step will be to create a commonsense approach to regulating the incidental take of migratory birds that works to both conserve birds and provide regulatory certainty to industry and stakeholders.” 
Senate confirms BLM DirectorOn Thursday, the Senate voted to confirm Tracy Stone-Manning as Director of the Bureau of Land Management. PLC issued the following statement in response to her confirmation.
“The BLM has been without Senate-confirmed leadership for multiple years, so today’s confirmation is an important step for an agency that manages hundreds of millions of acres across the West. Public lands ranchers are ready to get to work with Director Stone-Manning, especially because the mission of the BLM is critical to the future of these Western communities,” said NCBA Executive Director of Natural Resources and PLC Executive Director Kaitlynn Glover. “The BLM is an important partner to ranchers across the West, and it is our expectation that Director Stone-Manning uphold the law, support multiple use management, and recognize the important role ranchers play in managing and conserving these large landscapes.”

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