Virginia’s Alternative Take on Migratory Birds

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The Commonwealth of Virginia is pursuing migratory bird protection in response to the Trump administration’s proposed relaxation of Migratory Bird Treaty Act (“MBTA”) enforcement. Virginia recently rolled out discussion drafts of regulations that would require certain developers to obtain permits to authorize unintentional disturbance of protected birds in Virginia. Virginia’s permitting initiative fills a void left by the Trump Administration’s proposal to exclude incidental take of migratory birds from federal regulation.

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