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Agency to Encourage Voluntary Conservation

WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to expand incentives for landowners to perform voluntary conservation actions.

Among other things, the USFWS seeks comment on whether and how the USFWS can assure those who take such voluntary actions that the benefits of such voluntary conservation actions will be recognized as offsetting the adverse effects of activities carried out after listing by that landowner or others.

This practice, sometimes referred to as "advance mitigation" or "pre-listing mitigation," is intended to encourage early conservation efforts that could reduce or eliminate the need to list species as endangered or threatened.

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