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, as well as debits expected to 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 first and second transactions within the CCS. 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 greater distance proximity from the mine.
The Anticipated Debits section of the table shows further mitigation of disturbance expected to be offset through the CCS. In addition to the projects detailed within this section, several more projects in the early stages of planning have moved forward with running the Habitat Quantification Tool (HQT) in the field to assess their credit obligation and are likely to use the CCS to mitigate disturbance in the near future.