FWS Compensatory Mitigation Policy 2016
The U.S. FWS released final revisions to its Mitigation Policy on November 21, 2016. The final policy acknowledges advances in conservation science, increasing habitat loss and the need for cost effective mitigation with proven and measurable ecological benefits. Importantly, the final policy establishes a landscape level approach for conservation planning and mitigation measures, encouraging advance mitigation plans. The final policy also clarifies when the Service may require, versus recommend, mitigation measures to offset development impacts to fish and wildlife resources. Click here to read the policy.