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Habitat Exchanges Giving Hope to Sage Grouse and Land Owners

Habitat Exchanges Giving Hope to Sage Grouse and Land Owners

Habitat Exchanges and Successs by Non-Regulation

AwN | I find the idea of the habitaat exchange pretty cool. The basic idea is that when a land owner seeks to minimize the habitat for a species on their own land, for whatever reason, they are required to restore habitat in another location. This seems to be (generally) through the use of credits that can be purchased. Through the usage of habitat exchange the government has chosen to not list the Sage Grouse as an endangered species, a decisions which is apparently supported by the Environmental Defense Fund and land owners alike (who fear stricter regulation by an endangered listing). A wide adoption of programs like this for all species, plant and animal, could go a long way to fixing and preventing much of the damage caused by humans. 

A new approach to conservation: How we averted the listing of an imperiled bird

EDF | Last month, I heard a third-generation Nevada rancher describe how he came to look at the federal government and its wildlife management policies with new eyes.

Duane Coombs had participated in a multi-state, historic effort to try to recover the greater sage grouse, the unique and threatened bird whose habitat stretches across 11 Western states, including his own land.

Now he was at an event on the steppe east of Denver together with Republican governors, Democratic governors, members of the Obama administration, environmentalists and ranchers like himself. We had all come to celebrate a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to avoid listing the sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act...

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Image: SageGrouse21" by Gary Kramer - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Digital Library System. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

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