Mitigation Idea: Work with USFWS to develop credit system for landowners that maintain or enhance Native Longleaf Pine Systems
Here is a possible mitigation option suggested by technical experts for the Native Longleaf Pine:
Work with US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) to develop a methodology where by landowners that maintain or enhance Native Longleaf Pine Systems earn some kind of credit or benefit that affects their future relationship with USFWS as candidate species associated with Native Longleaf Pine Systems are federally listed.
Here is a possible mitigation option suggested by technical experts for the Native Longleaf Pine: Through the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation or through the Longleaf Alliance, develop a fund that will help to fill the gap created when there are more landowners willing to plant and manage Native Longleaf Pine Systems then there are cost share dollars available. Typically, at the end of the annual funding cycle, there are landowners who have prepared lands for planting Longleaf Pine, but the cost-share funds have run out, so they plant Loblolly Pine instead. These efforts would reduce the rarity and conversion to Loblolly Pine of Native Longleaf Pine Systems.
Here is a possible mitigation option suggested by technical experts for the Native Longleaf Pine: Work collaboratively to secure Native Longleaf Pine habitat for Longleaf-dependent species that are candidates for listing on the federal endangered species act, working to preclude the need for listing and ensure that the forest areas secured will not be threatened by incompatible forest management activities. This could potentially be done through a range-wide, multi-species Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances.
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