On January 11, 2017, a bumble bee in the continental United States, specifically the rusty patch bumble bee, was proposed for listing on the Endangered Species List for the first time (82 FR 10285). The listing was to be effective on February 10, 2017. On February 10, however, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published notice in the Federal Register delaying the effective date of the listing to March 21, 2017. According to the notice, the delay is the result of the January 20, 2017, Memorandum from the White House instructing all federal agencies to postpone the effective date of any regulations not yet in effect for 60 days for the purpose of “reviewing questions of fact, law, and policy they raise.”Read More
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Numerous federal agencies have identified a significant loss of managed pollinators and bees in the last decade. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) list multiple factors associated with pollinator declines, including urbanization, pesticides, bee management practices, agricultural practices, and disease/parasites.
In response, President Obama issued a June 20, 2014 memorandum calling on federal agencies to increase and coordinate their efforts to improve bee health by developing an integrated strategy. The memorandum directed the EPA to engage states to develop managed pollinator protection plans (MP3) in order to mitigate the risk of pesticides to bees and other managed pollinators.Read More