Republicans to lampoon ‘BIDEH’ ideas for wildlife refuges

By Michael Doyle | 04/08/2024 06:33 AM EDT

A hearing will review the Biden administration’s plan for “biological integrity, diversity and environmental health” in wildlife refuge management.

Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.).

Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.), chair of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries, will hold a hearing this week on Fish and Wildlife Service rulemaking. Francis Chung/POLITICO

House Republicans this week will get a chance to question the Fish and Wildlife Service’s call for updating the role of “biological integrity, diversity and environmental health” in managing the wildlife refuge system.

It sounds abstract, but it sends chills down some spines.

Billed by the Fish and Wildlife Service in February as an attempt to better address climate change challenges, the rules package some people shorthand as BIDEH has triggered alarm among conservatives.


More than 54,000 public comments have flooded the agency during a comment period that’s scheduled to end in May, a number of them challenging the agency’s fundamental declarations.