Donlan and Gartner's work results in draft policy on pre-listing conservation from USFWS
Josh Donlan and Todd Gartner's work on pre-listing species conservation has resulted in a draft policy from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
"We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a draft policy on crediting voluntary conservation actions taken for species prior to their listing under the Endangered Species Act. The proposed policy seeks to give landowners, government agencies, and others incentives to carry out voluntary conservation actions for nonlisted species by allowing the benefits to the species from a voluntary conservation action undertaken prior to listing under the Act to be used--either by the person who undertook such action or by a third party--to mitigate or to serve as a compensatory measure for the detrimental effects of another action undertaken after listing. This policy will help us further our efforts to protect native species and conserve the ecosystems on which they depend."