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Endangered Species Mitigation Fund

The Endangered Species Mitigation Fund (ESMF) was created during the general session of the 1997 State Legislature (Utah Code 63-34- 14) and is administered by the Utah Department of Natural Resources (Department), Recovery Programs Office. The purpose of the ESMF is to serve as a species protection account "to protect any plant or animal species identified as sensitive by the state or as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 [ESA]" by providing funding to facilitate the conservation of sensitive species and their habitats in need of protection. The primary objective of ESMF is to direct funds towards the protection of federally listed and state sensitive species, to promote their recovery and conservation thereby making progress toward down-listing or de-listing federally listed species and precluding the need for listing additional species under the ESA.

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