Feral Pigs Near Eradication in San Diego County CA

May 29, 2018

Pigs (Sus scrofa) are native to Eurasia and northern Africa. In the early 1700s Spanish and Russian settlers introduced domestic pigs to California as livestock and many became feral. In the 1920s a Monterey county landowner introduced the European wild boar, a wild subspecies of Sus scrofa into California,  . . .

Documenting Decisions

May 29, 2018

Forestry Habitat Conservation Plan for Bats on Pennsylvania State Game Lands, State Forests, and State Parks Issue: Coming to an agreement on decisions internally and with USFWS is the foundation of the HCP process. Early on in the HCP’s development, we identified who the decision makers were for  . . .

Start Slow to go Fast

May 29, 2018

Regional scale HCPs can take many years to prepare and run into various obstacles that cause delays.  Ken Schreiber, then the project manager for preparing the Santa Clara Valley HCP in California, suggested that some of these delays could be avoided or minimized by starting slowly and determining a  . . .

How to Fast-Track Your Habitat Conservation Plan

May 9, 2017

Endangered Species Act Compliance for Electric Utilities Lesson Learned #1: Maintain Momentum   Why? Control costs and minimize schedule How? Avoid funding gaps Consistent staff Proof of progress to FWS Be attractive to grants Schedule regular meetings Provide frequent updates Lesson Learned  . . .

Surveys on maximizing efficiency in plan preparation

March 17, 2014

Maximizing Efficiency During the Preparation of Regional Habitat Conservation Plans: A Summary of Two Surveys A Collaborative Project of the California Habitat Conservation Planning Coalition* Survey Highlights To improve the process of preparing habitat conservation plans, we conducted an online, statewide  . . .