New England Field Office
Conserving the Nature of New England



Endangered Species Consultation

Habitat Conservation Planning

We work with private landowners, corporations, state or local governments, or other non-Federal landowners in developing Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) if they wish to conduct activities on their land that might incidentally harm (or "take") federally listed endangered or threatened wildlife.

The HCPs are part of the incidental take permit process (Section 10 of the ESA) and should be designed to offset any harmful effects the proposed activity might have on the species. The HCP process allows development to proceed while promoting listed species conservation.

Helpful links: The HCP Handbook
Habitat Conservation Plans and the Incidental Take Permitting Process

Featured project: Fish and Wildlife Service, MassWildlife release proposal for long-term plover conservation and increased flexibility for recreation on Massachusetts beaches



Last updated: September 11, 2009