"Compensatory mitigation" is a fancy word for a commonsense policy: If industrial activity on public land harms wildlife or its habitat, the companies responsible have to try to make up for it in some way. (The most common form is called "wetland banking," where developers pay for their damages by funding wetland restoration elsewhere.) But the Trump administration wants to do away with compensatory mitigation altogether. The Interior Department has issued a memo saying that any payback for such damage will be rejected—which, spoiler, means it probably won't happen at all. It's been a rough week for wildlife: This shift in policy comes at the same time as coordinated efforts to weaken the Endangered Species Act, which will also have significant impacts for habitat conservation.
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WASHINGTON - The Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service today set out to weaken critical protections offered by the Endangered Species Act.
A set of nine bills would threaten one of our most effective protections for wildlife.
Expert BlogTheo Spencer
Most people also probably aren’t aware that President Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are in the midst of an unprecedented assault on these public resources in what appears to be a vast giveaway to select group of dirty energy…
Zinke’s first year as secretary of the Interior Department has been a disaster for the environment and Americans who value it. The numbers don’t lie.
Latest NewsUnited StatesJeff Turrentine
Donald Trump’s choice to head the Interior Department says he opposes giving away America’s wilderness. But he voted to make doing so much, much easier.