FLA led a coalition of Louisiana landowners and associations representing 3 million acres of forestland in the state to send a letter urging the US Fish and Wildlife Service to finalize the long over-due 4(d) rule for the Louisiana pinesnake. In April 2018, the Louisiana pinesnake was listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, and the Service proposed a 4(d) rule that would exempt many forestry practices from liability for a take under the Act. Comments on the proposed 4(d) rule closed on May 7, 2018, and the Service has yet to take any action to announce a final rule. Until the Service publishes a final rule, the species is treated as endangered under the law, exposing landowners to risk of fines or imprisonment for any take resulting from forest management practices. For these reasons, FLA urged the Service to support regulatory certainty by finalizing the 4(d) rule. FLA is also urging the Service to re-write the 4(d) rule for the black pinesnake once a finale 4(d) rule for the Louisiana pinesnake is in place.
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