The CCS is used to offset the impact to greater sage-grouse from anthropogenic disturbances, such as mines, geothermal facilities, energy development, transmission lines, and other temporary or permanent infrastructure which directly or indirectly impact greater sage-grouse habitat. Ranching and farming activities are not considered impacts and can be contribute to conservation objectives.
The figure and table below include the debits offset using credits through the CCS to date as of the beginning of 2019, as well as debits expected tat this time o be offset using the CCS.
*Direct impact is the surface area of greater sage-grouse habitat directly disturbed by the debit project. The number of debits generated is dependent on the quality and quantity of habitat directly and indirectly effected by the disturbance. There is not a consistent direct ratio applied to each debit project based on acres alone.
The Debits Mitigated section of the above table displays the transactions within the CCS to date as of the beginning of 2019. The first transaction occurred in November of 2017. 2,514 credits were transferred by Kinross Gold from the Tumbling JR Ranch credit project to Bald Mountain Mine to offset the 1st phase of planned mine operations. The second transfer by Newmont offset the 211 debits of disturbance calculated for Greater Phoenix Mine. Rather than 211 credits, 243 credits from the West IL Ranch were committed to offset the project due to its distance from the mine. The 3rd transfer was only to offset 4 debits for another expansion effort on Greater Phoenix. The Anticipated Debits section of the table shows further mitigation of disturbance currently anticipated to be offset through the CCS.