On July 6, the Obama Administration put new rules in place that protect endangered African elephants while also protecting musicians and their instruments. Musical instruments crafted decades ago can contain small quantities of African elephant ivory, and remain in use by musicians. Throughout the Administration’s consideration of changes to the rule, the League of American Orchestras was a lead partner with other national music organizations in working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and conservation experts to craft policies that support cultural activity while also advancing conservation needs. At a July 14 reception on Capitol Hill, the League was recognized by conservation leaders, USFWS, and the U.S. State Department for its work pursuing policy solutions. League Vice President for Advocacy Heather Noonan spoke about the positive outcomes in the new ivory regulations, alongside USFWS Director Dan Ashe and a State Department undersecretary. Three musicians from the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra performed at the event. For more on the ivory regulations, visit americanorchestras.org/advocacy-government/travel-with-instruments.html.