Issuance of Annual Regulations Permitting the Hunting of Migratory Birds, Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

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The Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 2013 (FSEIS 2013) has been developed to ensure that the proposed management action continues to be in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Furthermore, this process will ensure that the proposed action does not adversely affect populations of species covered under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) or listed species and their critical habitats under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 

The purpose of and need for FSEIS 2013 is to adopt a process for authorizing migratory bird hunting in accordance with the MBTA (16 U.S.C. §703-712) and the four bilateral conventions. The process employs resources and information available to the Service, States, and public that allows for adequate public involvement and timely adoption and publication of annual regulations by the Department of the Interior for the hunting of migratory birds.

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The Migratory Bird Program works with partners to protect, restore and conserve bird populations and their habitats for the benefit of future generations by: ensuring long-term ecological sustainability of all migratory bird populations, increasing socioeconomic benefits derived from birds,...