Candidate Conservation Agreement

The overall objective of the service`s candidate conservation program is to encourage the public to voluntarily develop and implement conservation plans for declining species prior to their inclusion in the ESA. The benefits of such conservation measures may contribute to the failure of a species to be mentioned, a species to be listed as threatened and non-threatened, or to expedite the recovery of the species when mentioned. Candidates` conservation agreements with insurance companies are a conservation tool that can contribute to this goal. While the services recognize that the actions of an individual owner generally do not contribute enough to the conservation of the species to eliminate the need for listing, we also recognize that the collective result of the conservation measures of many landowners may lead to not mentioning the species or other benefits mentioned above. As a result, the service will reach an agreement if we find that the conservation measures to be implemented will address the current and foreseeable major threats to come, which are under the control of the owner, and that they will result in and improve a net conservation benefit to the status of the species covered. While some landowners are willing to manage their land to take advantage of the proposed species for hospitality, candidate species, start printed page 95171 or species that may be offered to applicants or for inclusion in the list in the near future, most of them want some degree of legal certainty and assurances about possible future restrictions on land use. , water or resources that could be taxed if the species is indicated in the future. The net conservation benefit (for CCAA) is defined as the cumulative benefit of the CCAA`s specific conservation measures, which aim to improve the status of a covered species by removing or minimizing threats to stabilize populations, increase the number of individuals or improve habitat. Benefits are measured on the basis of the projected increase in the species population or the improvement of species habitat, taking into account the duration of the agreement and the possible adverse effects associated with the by-catch authorized by the improvement of the survival permit.

Conservation measures and management measures under the agreement must be designed to reduce or eliminate the current and probable future threats to the field, which are under the 95172 number of the printed homepage, which the owner controls in order to increase species populations or improve their habitat. In the event that the species and habitat are already properly exploited for the benefit of the species, a net conservation benefit is obtained when the landowner commits to continue to manage the species for a period of time, including addressing all likely future threats that will be under the owner`s control, with the expect of the population to increase or habitat quality to improve. (b) this policy would not give a federal mandate of USD 100 million or more on state, local or tribal governments or the private sector; that is, it is not a “significant regulatory measure” under the Unfunded Mandate Reform Act. This policy does not impose additional obligations on state, municipal or tribal governments participating in a CCAA by requiring them to take additional or other conservation measures that go beyond what they should be taking under the 1999 CCAA policy. Therefore, there is no need to put in place a plan from the Small Government Agency. Through a CCAA, the service provides assurance that if a species covered by the agreement is mentioned and the agreement has been executed in good faith by the participating owner, the service will not require additional conservation measures and will not impose additional restrictions on the use of land, water or resources that go beyond those to which the owner has voluntarily committed to the original provisions.