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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Opens Comment Period on CCAA's
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries opened a comment period on proposed revisions to the Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (CCAA) process. CCAA’s allow the agencies to work with conservation partners and the public to work together on conservation efforts for imperiled species before the species are listed under the Endangered Species Act. The agreements provide incentives to private landowners to implement conservation measures that reduce or eliminate threats to declining species on their property. The landowners then receive assurances that they will not be required to undertake additional conservation measures should the species be listed. The agencies made changes to the CCAA process in late December 2016, however those changes have been interpreted by some to be too high of a standard, while others considered the standard to be lower than previous policy. The agencies will be taking comments through January 22, 2018 as to whether and how they should change the policy and regulations. Comments can be submitted online for either FWS/NOAA Fisheries policy notice at Docket No. [FWS-HQ-ES-2017-0074] or FWS regulations notice at Docket No. [FWS-HQ-ES-2017-0075].