Letters and Statements
IBA holds a recognized position in the world conservation arena and Council frequently receives requests from members and the public to address policy issues related to bear management, conservation, and research. As a professional scientific organization, IBA must maintain scientific objectivity when agreeing to address a policy issue or develop a position statement. IBA Council established Policy Guidance based on six criteria to determine whether IBA involvement in policy issues is appropriate. If you are considering a request for a position or policy statement from IBA, please first read our Policy Guidance document answering the six points of criteria required for a position statement or letter and contact the IBA President or Director of Operations and Programs with details of your request. IBA Council is all-volunteer and position statements often require thorough research and recruitment of expert consult on a specific topic therefore, we ask consideration is given to the amount of time required to produce these important statements. We understand that each request is different and will assess individually but suggest a minimum of 30 days following the request.
Letter of support to reinstate the 2001 National Roadless Rule for the Tongass National Forest by reversing the subpart E 2020 Tongass Exemption. To view the proposed rule and associated documents click here. And, to view IBA’s original comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Alternatives to a Proposed Alaska Roadless Rule, click here.
Comments on Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Alternatives to a Proposed Alaska Roadless Rule, USA. December 17th, 2019. To view the proposed rule and associated documents, click here.
Comments on Draft Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan/EIS Impact Statement, North Cascades Ecosystem, Washington, USA. October 23rd, 2019. To access the Draft Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (January 2017), click here.
Use of radio-collars in bear research, management and conservation: Joint position statement by the International Association for Bear Research and Management and the IUCN SSC Bear Specialist Group, April 2019.