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Old 09-13-2009, 09:32 PM   #1
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Issue 353 | August 2009

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Plenary Session – “Wildlife Science, Its Use and Abuse by Decision Makers”

Science is a cornerstone for proper policy formulation. Decision makers all too often have disregarded the best available science concerning wildlife conservation issues. Wildlife biologists should not expect that providing good science will always result in agency decisions that sustain wildlife populations. Far too frequently, recent policy decisions have abused the scientific process. This inappropriate behavior must be corrected. The panelists will address four types of abuses of science in decision making:
* changing research results or conclusions to support desired policies;
* ignoring science that contradicts desired policy outcomes;
* reporting as a universal finding the results of science that apply only to a subset of situations; and
* promoting alternative “hypotheses” that have no underlying scientific foundation in order to raise doubts.

The plenary panelists will describe how wildlife science should and should not be used in determining policy. They will describe examples that illustrate the four identified abuses and conclude with recommendations as to how TWS can foster the appropriate use of science.
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TWS Urges the Reconsideration of Invasive Species Policy

TWS submitted a written statement to the Senate Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife regarding the 8 July hearing on Threats to Native Wildlife Species, urging Members to pass legislation to broaden the scope of invasive species regulation. TWS is concerned that the Lacey Act, the principal law governing injurious wildlife species, is insufficient because it is slow to add new species, does not include all current injurious species, and is reactive rather than proactive in its approach. New legislation such as the Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act (H. R. 669), which was recently introduced in the House, would attenuate the harm invasive species cause wildlife by utilizing comprehensive strategies.
TWS recommends legislation that addresses the growing issues surrounding non-native species by:
* Including all non-native species except common domesticated species and species obtained with a permit for research and other activities.
* Ensuring a science-based and risk-based process.
* Managing proactively rather than reactively, targeting non-native species before they become a problem.
* Establishing both approved and unapproved lists of non-native species.
* Creating a streamlined, uncomplicated process that can be completed in a reasonable amount of time.
* Providing adequate financial and personnel resources to agencies responsible for enforcement.
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We'd be alot better off if we required full disclosure of all funding sources, Business With Disease
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