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Austin ES Office Hosts Meeting with Local Executives to Discuss Options for Regional Landscape Planning Strategies
Southwest Region, October 24, 2008
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The Austin ES Office hosted a workshop for local leaders and executives to discuss details regarding a Regional Habitat Conservation Plan (RHCP) for the San Antonio/Bexar County area.  High-ranking representatives from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of San Antonio, Bexar County, Department of Defense, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Department of Agriculture, Comal County, Travis County, Williamson County, various consultants, non-governmental organizations, developers, private landowners, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service attended. 

Service, Travis County, and Williamson County staff presented various perspectives of the natural resource challenges facing the quickly urbanizing area of San Antonio, the ninth largest city in the U.S.  Travis and Williamson Counties presented their respective RHCPs and the challenges and rewards associated with each one.  The Service provided regulatory context and expertise and presented options available to the community to accomplish the overall strategy.  All participants supported the development of a Bexar County RHCP.  The plan would be designed and merged, as appropriate, to accommodate development and natural resource protection in the greater San Antonio area.  Many meetings have occurred over the last few months and many are planned to move this issue forward.  The Service continues to work closely with local leaders and Texas Parks and Wildlife to assess habitat conditions in the Bexar County area in preparation of the RHCP development process.

Contact Info: Bill Seawell, 512 490-0057, bill_seawell@fws.gov
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