Permits External Affairs
Peregrine falcon, Nantucket National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Amanda Boyd / USFWS
Elegant tern chicks and parent Credit: Brian Collins / USFWS  


“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.

•          Endangered Species Policies
•          General Conservation Permits (Proposed Policy)
•          Giant Panda, Issuance of Permits for Imports
•          Migratory Bird Permit Memoranda (Introduction, Nest Destruction, Educational Use Permits, Falconry

Education Programs, Use of Pole Traps for Capturing Depredating Raptors, Abatement Activities Using Raptors)
•          U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Policies (CENTRALIZED LIBRARY)


Handbooks are used to outline good or acceptable practices.  They do not have regulatory effect. 

•          Habitat Conservation Planning and Incidental Take Permit Processing Handbook
•          U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Handbooks (CENTRALIZED LIBRARY)