What’s new in January 2016?
The USFWS published an interim rule regarding Bsal on January 13, 2016. This rule took effect on January 28, 2016. The rule was published to prevent the transmission of Bsal into the United States, or among States, by listing 201 species of salamanders as injurious wildlife species, some of which are currently in the pet trade, under the Lacey Act. The interim rule prohibits importation or interstate transport of the listed salamander species (live, dead, or parts).
The public comment period is currently open and will remain so through March 14, 2016 (http://www.regulations.gov; docket no. FWS-HW-FAC-2015-0005).
More information, including Q&A, may be found at: http://www.fws.gov/injuriouswildlife/salamanders.html
Two or more USFWS representatives from the branches involved in the rulemaking and in the permitting, or in law enforcemement, will be on the line to answer questions directly.