The goal of the CCS is for impacts from anthropogenic disturbances to be offset by habitat enhancement and protection that results in a net benefit for greater sage-grouse habitat in the State of Nevada. The CCS ensures net benefit to greater sage-grouse habitat by using a scientifically rigorous habitat quantification tool to assess both debit and credit projects, mitigation ratios to ensure more functional-acres are gained than lost, and several standards to ensure credits are additional and durable.
Cumulative net benefit generated by the CCS is illustrated in the figure below. Net benefit is calculated as the difference between total functional-acre loss and functional-acre gain for credits transferred to offset debits mitigated to date. In 2017, total functional-acre loss was 2,095 and functional-acre gain was 2,583 related to mitigation obligations fulfilled, which includes 310 functional-acres associated with credits deposited into the reserve account. Therefore, net benefit in 2017 was 488 functional-acres. An additional 1,709 of functional-acre gain was associated with credits awarded but have not been transferred to fulfill mitigation obligations, and thus do not yet contribute to reported net benefit.
Net benefit is reported here based on functional-acres in order to understand the functional habitat gained; however, other reporting in this report is based on credits and debits, the currency of the CCS.