(3) In the second part of the policy, we revised the first part of the definition of net conservation benefit (for CCAAs) by amending “and” to “or” to emphasize that the benefits of conservation measures can be designed to improve the status of the species, directly or indirectly, by improving its habitat, and we have revised this phrase slightly to clarify that the elimination or minimization of threats will lead to stabilized populations or improved or improved habitats. : 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. Comment (30): Some commentators have recommended that the FWS also pay attention to candidate protection agreements (SMAs) and revise their CCA policies and regulations to create a basis for a federal authority that would attempt to conclude a CCA and facilitate the development of joint agreements on mixed government and private property. Our answer: while the nature of exposure to the species in the field is the most important basis for defining the conservation measures necessary for the species, these are voluntary conservation agreements and the conservation measures agreed by the participating owners are of course accepted by the owner as economically and technologically feasible. Comment (14): One commentator felt that the “net conservation benefit” standard was too narrow and did not allow owners flexibility in the development of CCAAs, tailored to their own needs and the needs of certain species. The policy should allow landowners to develop conservation measures tailored to their individual needs and the needs of the species covered. We use CCAAs in the Montanas Northern Great Plains to protect the larger sage chicken, the chestnut pass long track, Baird`s spat, mcCowns Langspur and Spragues Pipit. The decline of these birds is largely due to habitat loss. In Montana, 60% of the habitat of these disappearing prairie birds is on private land, so the protection and restoration of CCCA-related habitat could be the difference between their growth and disappearance. Participating landowners can choose from a series of conservation measures the most appropriate options. B such as tagging fences for chicken with sage, to avoid collisions resulting in bird death, or reducing the spread of non-native plant species, which reduces or affects habitat. The service must note that the benefits of conservation measures to be implemented by a landowner under a CCAA are reasonably expected in order to improve the status of the species identified and to obtain a net conservation benefit.
In addition, in accordance with Section 7 of the ESA, the service must ensure that the conservation and management measures currently under way introduced in a CCAA and the measures and species authorized for these measures and activities as part of the survival improvement 10 a) (a) (A) are not likely to endanger the species or species proposed to be added to the list. , or not to destroy the proposed or designated habitat. Our response: A CCAA participant is required to manage for the printed Page 95169Art start-up, as agreed in the CCAA, only for the duration of the agreement. At the end of this period, the participant may decide to terminate the CCAA and not to pursue conservation measures. We used the term “specified period” to refer to the fact that CCAAs expire and are only valid for a specified period, unless the member decides to renew the contract and the service agrees to renew the CCAA. Thanks to voluntary conservation agreements, the Dunessalbrush lizard will not be included in the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Scientists from the Wildlife and Nature Service (FWS) have found that national candidate protection agreements (CCAs) have been concluded in much of the lizard`s habitat.