Debit Projects

The CCS is used to offset the impact to greater sage-grouse from anthropogenic disturbances, such as mines, geothermal facilities, energy development, transmission lines, and other temporary or permanent infrastructure which directly or indirectly impact greater sage-grouse habitat. Ranching and farming activities are not considered impacts and can be contribute to conservation objectives.

The figure and table below include the debits offset using credits through the CCS to date, as well as debits expected to be offset using the CCS.

*Direct impact is the surface area of greater sage-grouse habitat directly disturbed by the debit project. The number of debits generated is dependent on the quality and quantity of habitat directly and indirectly effected by the disturbance. There is not a consistent direct ratio applied to each debit project based on acres alone. 

The Debits Mitigated section of the above table displays the first transaction within the CCS, which occurred in November of 2017. 2,514 credits were transferred by Kinross Gold from the Tumbling JR Ranch credit project to Bald Mountain Mine to offset the 1st phase of planned mine operations. The Anticipated Debits section of the table shows further mitigated through the CCS is expected as Bald Mountain Mine moves into further stages of development. Also, a transaction is expected to occur in the near future to offset the debits of the Greater Phoenix Mine, owned by Newmont Mining. In addition to the Anticipated Debits detailed within the above table, several more projects in the early stages of planning have moved forward with running the Habitat Quantification Tool (HQT) in the field to assess their credit obligation and are likely to use the CCS to mitigate disturbance in the future.