Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) are planning documents required as part of an application for an incidental take permit. This is the permit that allows for private landowners to continue to work land, even though their actions might harm, harass, kill or destroy threatened or endangered species habitat.
HCPs describe the anticipated effects of the proposed taking; how those impacts will be minimized, or mitigated; and how the HCP is to be funded. HCPs can apply to both listed and nonlisted species, including those that are candidates or have been proposed for listing. Conserving species before they are in danger of extinction or are likely to become so can also provide early benefits and prevent the need for listing.
For all the details, download the Habitat Conservation Plans fact sheet. [179KB]
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Landowners can contact the Service and take the next steps toward developing an HCP.