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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BB25 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Candidate Conservation Agreements With Assurances Regulations 

We propose to revise the regulations associated with Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (CCAAs) by adding and defining the term "net conservation benefit" and eliminating references to "other necessary properties." Under the current policy to approve a CCAA, the Service must determine that the benefits of the conservation measures implemented by a property owner under a CCAA, when combined with those benefits that would be achieved if it is assumed that conservation measures were also to be implemented on other necessary properties, would preclude or remove any need to list the covered species.” This revision to the CCAA standard would eliminate the confusion created by the hypothetical concept of conservation measures needing to be implemented on other necessary properties. These changes would also clarify the level of conservation effort we require each CCAA to include in order to receive FWS approval. These proposed changes parallel revisions that we are proposing to make to the FWS CCAA policy (see RIN 1018-BB08).

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 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 17   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/04/2016  81 FR 26769   
NPRM Comment Period End  07/05/2016 
Final Action  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 1018-BB08 
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