Western Governors request ‘substantive’ consultation on ESA compensatory mitigation

Western Governors have requested that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) engage in "substantive and ongoing consultation" with Governors and state regulators in regard to the draft Endangered Species Act Compensatory Mitigation Policy.

The comments delivered on Oct. 17, 2016, to FWS Director Dan Ashe specifically seek clarity around landscape-scale compensatory mitigation in the West and the definition of “net conservation gain.”

The Governors remind that they have management responsibility for all fish and wildlife within their states’ borders and that "moreover, because of their close working relationships with local governments and landowners, they are in a unique position to assist the Service in implementing the ESA."

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