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First-of-its-kind land conservation agreement will protect Sage-Grouse habitat

Posted at 1:21 PM, Jun 04, 2020

The Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is excited to announce that Coeur Rochester, Inc. (“Coeur Rochester”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coeur Mining, Inc. (“Coeur Mining”), and Crawford Cattle, LLC (“Crawford Ranch”) have entered into a first-of-its-kind agreement to protect critical sagebrush habitat in Nevada while ensuring continued environmentally sensitive and sustainable mining practices.

Under Nevada’s sagebrush ecosystem conservation program called the Conservation Credit System (“CCS”), Coeur Rochester will provide full funding to preserve and enhance over 3,000 acres of vital greater sage-grouse habitat in Elko and Humboldt Counties.

This is the first project agreement established between a mine operator and a private landowner to secure conservation credits under Nevada’s CCS to protect Sage-Grouse habitat and overseen by the stakeholder-driven Nevada Sagebrush Ecosystem Council.

The habitat conservation project is designed to mitigate and offset environmental impacts related to Coeur Rochester’s mining activities near Lovelock, while achieving net conservation gains for sagebrush species.

The project includes monitoring and maintaining existing sagebrush ecosystems, enhancing brood-rearing and nesting habitats, and other important conservation work for the next 30 years.

The project will also support healthy habitats for other native wildlife species, including the Lahontan cutthroat trout, mule deer, and more.

Sage-grouse are chicken-sized, ground-dwelling birds considered an “indicator species” for the health of sagebrush ecosystems in the U.S. West, which support more than 350 species of wildlife.

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