CCS Net Benefit Results
The goal of
the CCS is for impacts from anthropogenic disturbances to be offset by habitat
enhancement and protection that results in a net benefit for greater
sage-grouse habitat in the State of Nevada. The CCS ensures net benefit to
greater sage-grouse habitat by using a scientifically rigorous habitat
quantification tool to assess both debit and credit projects, mitigation ratios
to ensure more functional-acres are gained than lost, and several standards to
ensure credits are additional and durable.
benefit generated by the CCS is illustrated in the figure below. Net benefit is
calculated as the difference between total functional-acre loss and
functional-acre gain for credits transferred to offset debits mitigated to
date. In 2017, total functional-acre loss was 2,095 and functional-acre gain
was 2,583 related to mitigation obligations fulfilled, which includes 310
functional-acres associated with credits deposited into the reserve account.
Therefore, net benefit in 2017 was 488 functional-acres. An additional 1,709 of
functional-acre gain was associated with credits awarded but have not been
transferred to fulfill mitigation obligations, and thus do not yet contribute
to reported net benefit.
Net benefit is
reported here based on functional-acres in order to understand the functional
habitat gained; however, other reporting in this report is based on credits and
debits, the currency of the CCS.