This week, IPAA, in conjunction with API and AXPC, submitted comments to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on the proposed decision to list the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee (RPBB) under the Endangered Species Act. The comments highlight the lack of reliable data and scientific analysis regarding the RPBB’s population and habitat on which to base the listing proposal. If a listing decision is indeed warranted, the FWS should aim to protect the species without restricting commercial activities that have not been shown to affect RPBB population levels. The comments propose that the agency instead extend the listing decision until a number of ongoing studies conclude in 2017 and provide the best available date to address existing knowledge gaps. Read the full comments HERE.