Our Goals

  • Promote the effective use of large scale HCPs from jurisdictional to regional to multi-state scale plans.
  • Increase the understanding of the value of HCP’s, including effective species conservation and the streamlining of the permitting processes.
  • Reduce the need to list species as endangered or threatened through pro-active conservation measures.
  • Ensure adequate funding and agency staffing needed for the preparation, permitting and implementing of HCPs.
  • Determine and promote steps to increase the speed of HCP preparation.
  • Promote integrated permitting including federal Endangered Species Act incidental take and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act permits.
  • Promote strategies that improve the effectiveness of HCP implementation.
  • Share HCP lessons learned and success stories and mentor new participants.

Our History

Interested parties first met in November 2015 at the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center to discuss the status and effectiveness of large scale Habitat Conservation Plans.  It was agreed that a national HCP Coalition was needed, and that group adopted the Coalition’s mission and established initial committees.  Annual meetings were held in 2016 and have continued since, with more than 100 attendees from all over the U.S. at our 2019 annual meeting. Coalition activities have included the development of Coalition policies, commenting on various policy and implementation issues to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Department of the Interior, and annual trips to Washington DC starting in 2017.