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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 15. Department of Wildlife Resources
Chapter 35. Birds: Incidental Take of Bird Species
11/30/2022

4VAC15-35-10. Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to:

1. Regulate the incidental take of regulated bird species and habitats in the context of the board's oversight authorities described in § 29.1-501 A of the Code of Virginia and the department's conservation and management authorities described in § 29.1-521 A 2 and A 10 of the Code of Virginia by establishing a regulatory framework for the administration, implementation, and enforcement of an incidental take permitting program;

2. Provide ample protections to regulated bird species and habitats while authorizing take that may occur incidental to regulated activities through the issuance of a general permit or an individual incidental take permit that stipulates best management practices with the intended purpose of avoiding, minimizing, or compensating incidental take; and

3. Delineate the procedures and requirements to be followed in connection with permits issued by the department, while providing flexibility for innovative solutions that avoid, minimize, or compensate incidental take of regulated bird species and habitats when such authorization meets the criteria of this chapter.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-103, 29.1-502, and 29.1-502 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 37, Issue 26, eff. August 1, 2021.

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