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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-AY29 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Policy Regarding Voluntary Prelisting Conservation Actions 

We are finalizing policy to facilitate mitigation for actions that may affect currently unlisted species that could in the near future be listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The policy describes how voluntary beneficial actions that property owners could undertake for an unlisted species would be recognized, how property owners may receive credit for those beneficial actions, and how the owners will be covered for any incidental take that results from their actions if the species becomes listed.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 17   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  03/15/2012  77 FR 15352   
ANPRM Comment Period Extended  05/14/2012  77 FR 28347   
ANPRM Comment Period Extended End  07/13/2012 
Draft Policy  07/22/2014  79 FR 42525   
Comment Period Extended  09/22/2014  79 FR 56602   
Comment Period Extended End  11/06/2014 
Final Action--Policy  11/00/2016 
Additional Information: Includes Retrospective Review under E.O. 13563 with small business burden reduction.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Jim Serfis
Branch of Conservation and Communications, Ecological Services Program
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: ES,
Falls Church, VA 22041-3808
Phone:703 358-2307
Fax:703 358-1735