In April 2016, the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the Bureau of Land Management Nevada and California State Offices (BLM), and the US Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (USFS) announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that describes the strategy and process for inter-agency implementation of Nevada’s Conservation Credit System (CSS).
Both the BLM and USFS recently completed amendments to their respective Greater Sage-Grouse (GRSG) management plans to include specific conservation measures relevant to Sage-Grouse habitat. Both plans now recognize the CCS as a tool to provide mitigation of residual impacts from anthropogenic disturbance that cannot be avoided or minimized to achieve a net conservation gain for GRSG.
Signing of the MOU reinforces both the BLM and USFS recognition of the CCS as a viable conservation tool for Greater Sage-Grouse habitats, and paves the way for collaborative conservation efforts as the DCNR, the federal agencies and private landowners work towards improving habitat conditions for Sage-Grouse in Nevada. Further, the MOU demonstrates the federal agency’s commitment to enable development of credits on federal lands, which is crucial to GRSG conservation with 83% of the GRSG habitat in the State of Nevada on federal lands.