What is Conservation Banking?

Species Impacts: Overview

When projects impact vital habitat for species listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as endangered, those seeking permits may be required to offset those impacts. Conservation banking credits offer a cost-effective, zero-liability, pre-approved method for providing necessary mitigation.

Conservation Banking

Endangered Species conservation credits operate very similarly to wetland or stream credits certified through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. However, with conservation banks, the USFWS functions as the primary regulatory agency for permitting and for issuing Take Permits to developers.

Purchasing credits from an approved conservation bank eliminates ongoing liability and releases developers from any further fiscal or disclosure requirements associated with their habitat conservation obligations. The conservation bank retains responsibility for all aspects of the bank, allowing purchasers to simply buy credits and streamline the permitting process.

MSUSA, through partnership with the experts at Advanced Ecology, Ltd. developed Muddy Boggy Conservation Bank, an American Burying Beetle (ABB) habitat that has the ability to offset ABB impacts throughout Oklahoma.

How to Learn More

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