The ban on the pesticides, commonly referred to as neonics, was originally imposed by the Obama administration as a result of a lawsuit filed by environmentalists.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced an end to the two-year ban on Thursday - adding that use of neonics on refuges would now be approved or denied on a case-by-case basis.
Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Greg Sheehan said that the change in policy is not only intended to 'maximize production' and 'fulfill needed farming practices' but to accommodate hunters.
According to Sheehan, neonics encourage the growth of forage for commonly hunted birds such as ducks and geese.
The promotion of hunting on public lands is reportedly a top priority of US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
The move is not without criticism - including that of one Facebook user who shared the news with a caption calling the ban lift 'short sighted' and predicting 'long term harm that may not be reversible [sic].’
Jenny Keating of environmental protection organization Defenders of Wildlife said: "Industrial agriculture has no place on refuges dedicated to wildlife conservation and protection of some of the most vital and vulnerable species."
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