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Sage Grouse Mitigation Credits

The Wyoming Office of State Lands has proposed to adopt rules and regulations for the establishment of a compensatory mitigation credit system for the conservation of Greater Sage Grouse.

During the 2020 Budget Session, the Wyoming Legislature enacted HB0013/HEA0086, which established a program for compensatory mitigation credits for the conservation of greater sage- grouse. The legislation required the State Board of Land Commissioners to create and oversee the compensatory mitigation credit system, effective October 1, 2020.

Currently, Executive Order 2019-3 provides the regulatory mechanism to protect greater sage- grouse and directs agencies and departments in the State of Wyoming to prioritize the maintenance and enhancement of Greater sage-grouse habitats and populations inside Core Population Ageas, Connectivity Areas, and Winter Concentrations. As a result of the legislation, the promulgating of rules to establish the compensatory mitigation credit system is necessary.

The proposed rules incorporate the provisions in Executive Order 2019-3, the Greater Sage-Grouse Compensatory Mitigation Framework, federal agency guidance, other implementation documents, and the requirements in the legislation. In addition, the Office of State Lands solicited feedback on the proposed rules from the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Game and Fish Department, the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Department of Transportation, and the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust Account Board. Feedback received from these agencies will be incorporated into the proposed rules.

The proposed rules and regulations are now available for public comment (attached below), and a copy of the rule is available for review on the Secretary of State's website at rules.wyo.gov or by contacting the OSLI office located at 122 W. 25th Street, Herschler Building 1W, Cheyenne, WY 82002.

Interested persons may present their comments or suggestions on the proposed rule by submitting written comments at Attention: Jason Crowder, Office Of State Lands and Investments, 122 W. 25th Street, Herschler Building 1W, Cheyenne, WY 82002 or email at jason.crowder@wyo.gov. The public comment period will end at 5 p.m. on July 28, 2020. 

This rule is expected to be considered at the August 6, 2020 Board of Land Commissioners meeting, which is open to the public.  

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