The evaluation process for a new proposed well site starts with a review of relevant habitat tools and resources. Through this review, as well as any subsequent permitting processes, we determine if our proposed development activities will occur near the habitats of any rare, endangered, or otherwise protected flora, fauna, or ecosystems. If such habitats are identified, we assess potential impacts and consult with the applicable agencies to develop any necessary action plans for avoidance measures or mitigation plans. Range’s current operating areas do not coincide with any Critical Habitats or areas currently recognized as Globally or Internationally Important Areas of High Biodiversity 1.” We will continue to assess our areas of operation for overlap with these areas of High Biodiversity and would evaluate an appropriate offset program if unavoidable impacts were expected.
As part of our commitment to local biodiversity conservation, we have developed a strategy to minimize and mitigate our operational footprint.
Range is proud to support a number of community-based partnerships focused on conservation, which remains a priority for the Company. These partnerships focus on protecting and restoring natural habitats of local wildlife in and around the regions where we operate.
Additionally, Range continues to partner with participating landowners in the form of our Habitat Enhancement Program. Dating back to our first habitat partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation in 2014, wherein 33 acres of restored area was converted to prime wildlife habitat, Range continues to fund and expand this important program. Through 2020, approximately 52 acres have been enrolled in Range’s Habitat Enhancement Program. Typically, habitat enhancement is performed by the use of seed mixes that are beneficial to pollinator and upland species. Current cosponsors include the California University of Pennsylvania Fish and Wildlife Program and Pheasants Forever.
1Those Globally or Internationally Important Areas of “High Biodiversity” as recognized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, World Heritage Sites and Ramsar Wetlands