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Prelisting Conservation Policy

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service announces a draft policy on crediting voluntary conservation actions taken for species prior to their listing under the Endangered Species Act. The proposed policy seeks to give landowners, government agencies, and others incentives to carry out voluntary conservation actions for nonlisted species by allowing the benefits to the species from a voluntary conservation action undertaken prior to listing under the Act to be used – either by the person who undertook such action or by a third party – to mitigate or to serve as a compensatory measure for the detrimental effects of another action undertaken after listing. This policy will help us further our efforts to protect native species and conserve the ecosystems on which they depend.

Southern Idaho ground squirrel. Credit: Dennis Mackey, USFWS

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The proposed policy is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on July 22, 2014, beginning a 60-day public comment period. The Service will accept comments on the proposed policy from all interested parties until September 20, 2014. Written comments and information can be submitted by one of the following methods:

  • Electronically: Use the federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments to docket number [FWS-R9-ES-2011-0099]
  • U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: [FWS-R9-ES-2011-0099]; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.

Last updated: July 22, 2014