New Publication Critiques FWS Draft Policy
August 27, 2014
Comments Invited on Proposed USFWS Species Credits Policy
On July 22nd, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a promising new policy intended to encourage conservation actions for declining species. Implemented correctly, the policy could lead to the creation of new state programs that prevent species from ever needing the protection of the Endangered Species Act, produce mitigation credits that benefit wildlife and create a valuable commodity for landowners and investors. However, the policy needs improvement to achieve these goals.
A new report from Mission:Wildlife and Sand County Foundation provides a summary of the draft policy and suggests ways it should be improved to create significantly greater benefits for wildlife, landowners and businesses.
The deadline for the agency to receive comments is November 6, 2014. We share this report in hopes that it may help you develop and submit comments that would help create stronger prelisting credit programs for at risk wildlife.
You can also follow this link to submit comments and see complete draft policy: https://federalregister.gov/a/2014-17022