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Prelisting Conservation Policy


Southern Idaho ground squirrel. Credit: Dennis Mackey, USFWS
 

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a draft policy to provide incentives for landowners to conserve candidate species, which are not listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposed policy provides a mechanism for landowners, government agencies, and others to obtain credits for current conservation efforts benefitting declining species. These conservation credits can be redeemed later or sold to a third party to offset or mitigate detrimental actions to a species if it later gains ESA protection. Credits can be earned only before a species becomes listed and only for actions that are not mandated by federal, state, or local law. This proposed policy will help us further our efforts to protect species and their ecosystems to prevent their further decline and ultimately the need to list them under the ESA.

The public comment period closed in November 2014. The Service is currently working to respond to comments received, and anticipates finalizing the policy in summer 2015.

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Last updated: March 26, 2015