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Nationwide Candidate Conservation Agreement on Energy and Transportation Lands

Monarch butterfly on New England aster.
Monarch butterfly on New England aster. Photo by Rick Hanson/USFWS.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing the opening of a 60-day public comment period on an “enhancement of survival” permit application associated with a draft Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances with an integrated Candidate Conservation Agreement (CCAA/CCA) for the monarch butterfly on energy and transportation lands.

The monarch butterfly CCAA/CCA for energy and transportation lands is a remarkable opportunity. More than 40 energy and transmission companies and state departments of transportation are voluntarily committing time and funding to carry out monarch butterfly-friendly management practices on millions of acres. In turn, their actions may preclude the need to list the monarch or could speed recovery if the monarch is listed under the Endangered Species Act. Additionally, the agreement provides participants regulatory assurances that additional conservation measures will not be required if the monarch is protected under the ESA.

A notice of availability publishing in the Federal Register on April 15, 2019, opens the 60-day public comment period on the “enhancement of survival” permit application and associated CCAA/CCA. All the documents pertaining to the permit and CCAA/CCA are at Enter the docket number Docket No. FWS-R3-ES-2019-0007 in the search window.


News Release


Questions and Answers


Rights-of-Way as Habitat Work Group (UIC - University of Illinois at Chicago)

Nationwide CCAA for Monarch Butterfly (UIC - University of Illinois at Chicago)


Federal Register Notice of Availability and Supporting Documents

Federal Register Notice of Availabililty

Permit Application - Enhancement of Survival, University of Illinois

Nationwide Candidate Conservation Agreement (PDF)

List of Preparers (PDF)

FWS NEPA Environmental Action Statement for Categorical Exclusion (PDF)

Draft Certificate of Inclusion (PDF)

Supplemental Information (PDF)

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The public comment period opens on April 15 and closes June 14, 2019. To submit comments, you may use one of the following methods:


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