On November 3, 2015 President Obama released the Presidential Memorandum: Mitigating Impacts on Natural Resources from Development and Encouraging Related Private Investment, which directs five federal agencies to adopt and share advanced, consistent mitigation policies to achieve net benefits to the environment.
The Nevada Conservation Credit System is one of a few known mitigation programs that consistently accounts for and transparently reports development impacts and conservation benefits using performance measures based on the best available science. This approach ensures net benefit to greater sage-grouse habitat is achieved, and provides the evidence needed to fuel learning and adaptive management of the Credit System over time.
The State of Nevada is pleased that the Credit System was created by Nevadans for Nevadans, and also will be used by our federal agency partners to fulfill the mitigation standard directed by the White House. The Credit System is recognized in the approved Land Use Plan Amendments for use by federal land management agencies to define and fulfill compensatory mitigation requirements for anthropogenic disturbances to greater sage-grouse habitat on federal lands within the State of Nevada.