June 26, 2014 - The Service published a Federal Register notice requesting recommendations for animal and plant species that may warrant a change in protection or need protection under CITES. The Service will consider these recommendations and determine whether to put forward a proposal for consideration at the 17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to CITES to be held in South Africa in 2016. Public comments will be accepted until August 26, 2014. Click here to read the Federal Register notice and learn how to submit comments.
A new agreement among Canada, México, and the United States to help protect imperiled species on fragile island ecosystem was endorsed on May 28, 2014 by the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, Parks Canada and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the annual Trilateral Committee Meeting in Querétaro, México.
Several federal agencies and non-governmental organizations with complementary missions are joining this effort. Collaborators will promote sustainable environmental practices and effective measures as well as develop and implement a plan of action for island restoration and conservation cooperative projects. Click here to learn more about this effort.
Effective June 24, 2014: Certain commodities of Yucatan rosewood (Dalbergia tucurensis), Mongolian oak (Quercus mongolica) and Manchurian ash (Fraxinus mandshurica) have been listed in CITES Appendix III and require CITES documentation for import and re-export from the United States. For additional information on this listing, please read this letter to U.S. timber importers and re-exporters.
The forests of the Pilibhit Forest Division in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) have been declared the newest Tiger Reserve of India. In 2010 the Wildlife Without Borders’ Rhinoceros and Tiger Fund awarded World Wildlife Fund for Nature-India a grant of $59,963 which was matched with $124,833. This forest is home to 20 tigers but can accommodate 40.
May 27, 2014 - A final rule has been published revising the regulations that implement the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in the United States. The revised regulations incorporate certain provisions adopted at the fourteenth and fifteenth meetings of the Conference of the Parties to CITES and clarify other provisions to help us more effectively promote species conservation and fulfill our responsibilities under the Treaty. For a summary of the revisions, click here. The revised regulations will be effective on June 26, 2014.
May 15, 2014 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced two actions relating to commercial trade in elephant ivory. These actions will help ensure that domestic markets do not contribute to the decline of African elephants in the wild, while also allowing certain activities to continue that we do not believe are contributing to poaching or illegal trade.Click here for the full press release. Click here for the Ivory Ban Q & A.