The North America Policy Program of the Society for Conservation Biology (“SCB”) has recently submitted comments regarding the newly proposed rule from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service (“Services”) that changes the procedures that scientists must comply with when submitting a petition to the Services to protect a species under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”).  Recently, the Services proposed several new requirements that all petitions must contain, including a requirement that a petitioner submit the petition in advance to every State where the species is located prior to filing the petition and incorporate all information received from every state to the petition.  The proposal also requires a petitioner to gather and append “all relevant information” that is “reasonably available” to the petitioner. These requirements will be difficult for individual scientists to comply with and make it less likely that they will attempt to engage in the listing process.

Source: Society for Conservation Biology | SCB comments on proposed Endangered Species Act listing rules

When you pay your annual membership dues to SCB, do you wonder whether you are getting your money’s worth? Do you see ways in which SCB could be doing more to advance conservation science and practice?  One way to influence the future of SCB is by voting in elections for members of the SCB Board. Unfortunately often only 10% of the SCB membership votes in an election, so your vote can make a difference.

Elections for the SCB president and vice-presidents are open through March. As a member, you can vote by logging on to www.conbio.org and clicking the link to vote in the blue box on your member homepage. Read the candidate’s CVs giving their goals and track record of involvement with SCB, and consider which candidate can best advance the activities of the section, chapters, and global organization.

Elections for the SCBNA section board are also now open! Vote now through April 12.