MOU is signed to implement Credit System on federal lands


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.