Reports & Publications

LIGHT Geese

Ross’s geese, lesser snow geese, and greater snow geese are collectively referred to as “light geese” or “white geese." Abundance of some light goose populations increased dramatically during the past decades and continues to remain at high levels. Adverse impacts from these increasing populations were first identified in the 1990's. A substantial amount of research and effort has been devoted to understanding the effects that these populations have had, and are having, on habitats and other species.

Populations, Research, and Overabundance

 Arctic Goose Joint Venture – Meet the Geese

 Cornell Lab of Ornithology – All About Birds

 USGS Alaska Science Center – Goose Research

  Arctic Goose Joint Venture – Overabundant Light Goose Issues

Arctic Ecosystems in Peril

 Flyways.us – Snow Geese and the Problem of Overabundance

 Hudson Bay Project - Ecosystem Studies and Conservation of Coastal Arctic Tundra

Additional light goose regulations were implemented beginning in the 1990's to help control population growth and address management concerns. These regulations allowed for the use of additional hunting methods, established a conservation order and altered management practices on some national wildlife refuges. These regulations are described in the Final Environmental Impact Statement on Light Goose Management.

Regulations

 Final Environmental Impact Statement on Light Goose Management (3MB)

 Questions and Answers - Final Environmental Impact Statement on Light Goose Management (29KB)

 Notice of Availability - Final Environmental Impact Statement on Light Goose Management (80.5KB)

 Federal Register - Regulations for Managing Harvest of Light Goose Populations; Proposed Rule) (93.4KB)

 Federal Register - Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Light Goose Management; Notice of Meetings (39.6KB)

 Federal Register - Regulations Designed To Reduce the Mid-Continent Light Goose Population; Final Rule (129.2KB)

 Federal Register - Environmental Impact Statement on White Goose Management; Notice (42.9KB)

 Federal Register - Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement on White Goose Management; Notice (31.1KB)

 Final Environmental Assessment - Summary of Alternative Regulatory Strategies to Reduce Overabundant Populations of Mid-Continent Light Geese (90.2KB)

Last Updated: January 9, 2017