FWS, wildlife protection agency, examines new strategies for protecting birds of prey

Written by Staff Writer, CNN

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is examining new strategies for prioritizing protections for birds of prey and other species threatened by development projects — including designs for “sequencing” these protections, officials said Tuesday.

The proposed strategies call for reducing logging and hunting on habitat, and reducing fragmentation and overdevelopment, in order to protect and reintroduce predators into the area, such as birds of prey.

“Over the next several months, the agency will develop an initial prioritization of proposed studies that would need to be completed to prepare the first ever comprehensive wildlife benefit review of human-related development,” the Service said in a statement.

According to CNN affiliate KATU, which first reported on the new strategies, these efforts are expected to involve a shift in how the agency evaluates conservation projects and take a “value and use” approach to decision-making.

The Department of Interior stated that the move is part of a larger effort to “restore and protect the natural resources of lands and water that have been developed by the Nation for the benefits of human well-being.”

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke in 2016 announced a plan that would allow oil and gas drilling in some of the areas considered prime habitat for wild birds.

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