The Transylvania Times -

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Seeks Input On Easements Policy Under Endangered Species Act


November 27, 2017

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The endangered Appalachian Elktoe mussel can be found in local waters. As an indicator species, the mussel clues researchers in on the health of the water. Their presence indicates clean, sediment free water. (Photo courtesy of

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the NOAA Fisheries are actively working to engage conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and protect imperiled species, even before they are listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The agencies are committed to strengthening the delivery of voluntary conservation tools, such as Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (CCAA), by making it easier to work together on conservation efforts, thus are soliciting public review and comment on whether to revise the existing CCAA policy an...

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