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Management of Environmental Impacts by Alandra Kahl

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CHAPTER 6

Scheduling for Impact Mitigation

6.1 NESTING/SPAWNING SEASON IMPACT MITIGATION

It is important to mitigate impacts of development during nesting and spawning seasons to lessen effects on inhabiting species. Increasing energy development, such as unconventional methods of oil and gas extraction, has significant potential for disrupting nesting birds. Areas of sagebrush, home to obligate species such as the sagebrush grouse, are particularly at risk from energy development (Kirol et al. 2015). Nesting success is a primary factor in avian population stability, and declines in nesting success have been linked to population declines.

Mitigation practices promoted by U.S. regulatory agencies follow a hierarchy designed to avoid, minimize, ...

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