Director's Memo: Guidance for the Establishment, Use, and Operation of Conservation Banks

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This memorandum transmits guidance that will help U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) personnel evaluate proposals to establish conservation banks. This guidance provides a collaborative incentive-based approach to endangered species conservation, which if used in coordination with other tools available to the Service, can aid in the recovery of the species.

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We provide national leadership in the recovery and conservation of our nation's imperiled plant and animal species, working with experts in the scientific community to identify species on the verge of extinction and to build the road to recovery to bring them back. We work with a range of public...