Habitat Conservation Planning Handbook
The goals of the revised Handbook are to: (1) provide clear, consistent, and updated guidance concerning HCP planning and implementation for Services’ staff; (2) streamline and create efficiencies in the HCP development and permitting processes, (3) provide greater conservation benefits to listed species, (4) inspire conservation possibilities associated with HCPs that contribute to listed species recovery, resiliency, and responses to climate change, (5) improve compliance and effectiveness monitoring, and (6) create a user-friendly, living document.
Notable differences between the 1996 and revised HCP Handbook include the following:
- Reorganizes the HCP Handbook to follow the steps necessary for Services’ staff to assist applicants in the development of their HCP, processing the incidental take permit application, and conducting compliance and effectiveness monitoring;
- Emphasizes concurrent consideration and development of environmental compliance documents(e.g.: National Environmental Policy Act , National Historic Preservation Act, Endangered Species Act intra-service section 7 consultation);
- Clarifies the HCP planning process and key concepts;
- Incorporates climate change considerations throughout the HCP planning process.