“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” Aldo Leopold
Policies provide internal guidance to promote efficient and consistent implementation of laws and treaties administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to better protect listed animals and plants and their habitats.http://www.fws.gov/birds/policies-and-regulations/permits/permit-policies-and-regulations.php
Handbooks are used to outline good or acceptable practices. They do not have regulatory effect.
Conservation Planning and Incidental Take Permit Processing Handbook
May 20, 2016