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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BB72 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: ●Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Endangered Species Act Compensatory Mitigation Policy 

The Endangered Species Act Compensatory Mitigation Policy is a comprehensive policy that will implement recent Department of the Interior mitigation policies that necessitate a shift from project-by-project to landscape-scale approaches to planning and implementing compensatory mitigation. The policy is also needed to improve consistency in the use of compensatory mitigation as recommended or required under the Endangered Species Act to offset unavoidable adverse impacts to listed species and species at risk of being listed as threatened or endangered in the foreseeable future.  The policy would cover permittee-responsible mitigation, conservation banking, in-lieu fee programs, and other third-party mitigation mechanisms, and would stress the need to hold all compensatory mitigation mechanisms to equivalent and effective standards. 

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/02/2016  81 FR 61032   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/03/2016 
Final Action  01/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Craig Aubrey
Chief, Division of Environmental Review, Ecological Services Program
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
MS: ES, 5275 Leesburg Pike,
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone:703 358-2442
Fax:703 358-1800