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USFWS landowner agreements for at-risk species under review

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has announced a review of both the policy and accompanying regulations surrounding the Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (CCAA) program. CCAAs are a specific form of Candidate Conservation Agreement, which is a voluntary agreement between USFWS and public or private entities that addresses the conservation needs of at-risk species proposed for listing, published as a candidate for listing, or likely to become a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act. CCAAs provide additional guarantees to landowners to address concerns that having an at-risk species on their land could result in additional regulations and restrictions if that species were to be listed under the ESA. These agreements provide landowners with assurances that if they implement certain agreed upon conservation activities they will not be subject to additional restrictions if the species is listed. The policy and regulations under review are of revisions made in 2016 that attempted to clarify the end results that the government should be seeking from landowners before entering into the agreement. The 2016 finalized language required that efforts taken under CCAAs provide a “net conservation benefit” to the species. Previous language required that measures implemented, “when combined with those [...]

 

Read more: http://wildlife.org/usfws-landowner-agreements-for-at-risk-species-under-review/

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