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Enhancement of Survival and Incidental Take Permits (Draft)
Feb. 14, 2023
U.S. Fish Wildlife Service proposes to revise the regulations concerning the issuance of enhancement of survival and incidental take permits under the ESA. The purposes of these revisions are to clarify the appropriate use of enhancement of survival permits and incidental take permits; clarify our authority to issue these permits for non-listed species without also including a listed species; simplify the requirements for enhancement of survival permits by combining safe harbor agreements and candidate conservation agreements with assurances into one agreement type; and include portions of our five-point policies for safe harbor agreements, candidate conservation agreements with assurances, and habitat conservation plans in the regulations to reduce uncertainty. They also propose to make technical and administrative revisions to the regulations. The proposed regulatory changes are intended to reduce costs and time associated with negotiating and developing the required documents to support the applications. They will accept comments from all interested parties until 10 April 2023. POC is Lisa Ellis, Chief, Branch of Recovery and Conservation Planning, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; tele: 703-358-2307. (Federal Register 9 February 2023 [Proposed Rule] Pages 8380-8396)

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