52. - Recommend new incentives for identifying lease areas and using new technology

Text from the Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Plan, 2008, Page 45

Ideas should:

  • Investigate options for federal lease trades and buy-backs.
  • Identify or support incentives for industry to avoid development in migration corridors and crucial habitats.
  • Seek partnerships for increased donation of conservation easements and wildlife-friendly fencing.
  • Develop year-round drilling proposals with industry in exchange for less surface impact through use of best management practices: directional drilling, liquid gas gathering systems (reduces volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, and truck trips), more rapid reclamation, smaller well pads, and utilization of state of the art drill rigs, setbacks from leks, reduction of roads, and electronic monitoring.
  • Enhance conservation in key areas (e.g., for sage grouse) using credits off-site following the model of the Recovery Crediting Guidance (73 Fed. Reg. 44761).
  • Create a Conservation Challenge Fund for every acre disturbed: team industry with sportsmen’s groups to donate funds to a foundation that can leverage those funds to redistribute to the BLM, USDA Forest Service, and state agencies for database building, monitoring protocols and adaptive management capacity implementation.
  • Educate oil and gas company staff on the benefits of wildlife conservation.

Assessment of Status: Partially Complete

There are many incentives and new technologies that are being used. However, incentives are implemented on a site-by-site basis.

Supporting documentation and findings

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