Migratory Bird Conservation Commission Law and Legal Definition

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (“Commission”) is a commission that was created to consider and approve any areas of land and/or water recommended by the Secretary of the Interior for purchase or rental by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Commission was also authorized to fix prices at which such areas may be purchased or rented. The Commission was established on February 18, 1929 pursuant to the Migratory Bird Conservation Act.

The Commission also considers the establishment of new waterfowl refuges. The Division of Realty of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides staff support for the Commission.

The following is an example of a federal statute on the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission:

16 USCS § 715a. Migratory Bird Conservation Commission; creation; composition; duties; approval of areas of land and water recommended for purchase or rental.

A commission to be known as the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, consisting of the Secretary of Agriculture [Secretary of the Interior], as chairman, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Secretary of the Interior [Secretary of Agriculture], and two Members of the Senate, to be selected by the President of the Senate, and two Members of the House of Representatives to be selected by the Speaker, is hereby created and authorized to consider and pass upon any area of land, water, or land and water that may be recommended by the Secretary of Agriculture [Secretary of the Interior] for purchase or rental under this Act [16 USCS §§ 715 et seq.], and to fix the price or prices at which such area may be purchased or rented; and no purchase or rental shall be made of any such area until it has been duly approved for purchase or rental by said commission. Any Member of the House of Representatives who is a member of the commission, if reelected to the succeeding Congress, may serve on the commission notwithstanding the expiration of a Congress. Any vacancy on the commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. The ranking officer of the branch or department of a State to which is committed the administration of its game laws, or his authorized representative, and in a State having no such branch or department, the governor thereof, or his authorized representative, shall be a member ex officio of said commission for the purpose of considering and voting on all questions relating to the acquisition, under this Act [16 USCS §§ 715 et seq.] of areas in his State. For purposes of this Act [16 USCS §§ 715 et seq.], the purchase or rental of any area of land, water, or land and water includes the purchase or rental of any interest in any such area of land, water, or land and water.