What other requirements govern development of a Regional Habitat Conservation Plan (RHCP)?

The development of a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) is a complex legal and biological process involving multiple provisions of federal and state law. In addition, the Service has issued extensive guidance concerning HCP development. The key legal requirements for the development of an HCP can be divided into four basic categories:

  • ESA requirements directly relating to HCPs;
  • Intra-agency consultation requirements under ESA section 7(a)(2);
  • Review of HCP impacts and alternatives as a major federal action under the National Environmental Policy Act; and
  • State law requirements set forth in Part 83 of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code. (Tex. Parks and Wild. Code §§ 83.011-83.020).

Each of these four areas includes procedural as well as substantive criteria that will be followed in developing and implementing the Williamson County RHCP.

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1. How is development of the RHCP funded?
2. What are “covered species”?
3. What are No Surprise assurances?
4. What are the basic applicable provisions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA)?
5. What are the benefits to a Regional Habitat Conservation Plan?
6. What is a Regional Habitat Conservation Plan?
7. What is the Foundation?
8. What other requirements govern development of a Regional Habitat Conservation Plan (RHCP)?
9. What species are anticipated to be “covered species” under the Williamson County RHCP?
10. Where can I go for FAQs with regards to U.S. Fish and Wildlife?