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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
 
March 11, 2008
 
In Reply Refer To:
6500 (230) P
 
EMS TRANSMISSION 03/13/2008
Instruction Memorandum No. 2008-086
Expires: 09/30/09
 
To:                   All State Directors (except Eastern States)
                                                                                               
From:               Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning
 
Subject:           Bureauwide Guidance for Raptor (Birds of Prey) Protection and
                        Conservation                                                                DD: 03/21/08
 
Program Area: Wildlife
 
Purpose: The purpose of this Instruction Memorandum (IM) is to collect input for draft guidance on raptor (birds of prey) protection in cases of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) permitted actions. The draft Best Management Practices (BMPs) are proposed to be the draft guidance. Attached is the draft “Best Management Practices for Raptors and their Associated Habitats On BLM.”
 
Policy/Action: In order to provide the most comprehensive guidance, input on the attached draft BMPs is requested.
 
Timeframe: The target date for responding to this request is March 21, 2008.
 
Budget Impact: None
 
Background: Raptors compose approximately 10 percent of all birds on BLM lands. They are protected by various laws, depending on their conservation status,  ranging from the Endangered Species Act to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Most of the raptor species are wide-ranging and are high-order predators whose population health can be directly correlated to the health of the landscape and other wildlife populations. Because consistent guidance for raptor conservation and protection is a high priority to the BLM, the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (WO-230) has drafted
a set of draft BMPs for field review. 
 
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: Land Use Planning
 
Coordination: All affected programs
 
Contact: Geoff Walsh, Wildlife Biologist, (WO-230) at (202) 452-5048 or gwalsh@blm.gov
 
 
Signed by:                                                        Authenticated by:
Edwin L. Roberson                                           Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director                                             Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Renewable Resources and Planning
 
 
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Last updated: 10-21-2009