The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is developing a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for activities on state owned and managed Wildlife Areas. The HCP will be a long-term management plan for the conservation and protection of species and their habitats on Wildlife Areas.
The goals of the Wildlife Areas HCP are to provide federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) assurances for management, operational and recreational activities occurring on state Wildlife Areas, and to thereby contribute to the conservation and recovery of approximately 60 species listed under the ESA.
In addition the HCP will:
- Integrate guidance from existing planning documents, including Washington's Priority habitat and Species Management Recommendations and state and federal species recovery plans, and others.
- Improve WDFW Wildlife Area Management Plans to include ESA compliant measures.
- Streamline permitting processes for WDFW activities that are implemented with federal funds, and improve WDFW’s eligibility for additional federal funding.
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