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Endangered Species Permits

Safe Harbor Agreements

Safe Harbor Agreements are voluntary agreements between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and cooperating non-Federal landowners. They are designed to benefit federally endangered and threatened species by giving landowners assurances that at no future time would the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service impose restrictions on their land as a result of conservation actions on their part. In other words, these agreements essentially relieve landowners of liability under the Endangered Species Act if conservation practices on their land attract and/or perpetuate federally listed species. To date, nearly three million acres of land have been enrolled in Safe Harbor Agreements, benefiting a variety of listed species.


Safe Harbor Agreements: Frequently Asked Questions


Directions for Preparing a Safe Harbor Agreement


Safe Harbor Agreements

Dupage County Forest Preserve District for the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly


Restoration Activities for the Karner Blue Butterfly in the West Gary, Indiana Recovery Unit: Safe Harbor Agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy (June 2006)



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Last updated: February 22, 2016