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Do Habitat Conservation Plans Deserve Wider Implementation?

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Visionary But Flawed Program Needs to Evolve

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An All Lands, All Hands Approach

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The Flapping of Butterfly Wings -- 36 Years Later

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Incorporating Relevant Laws Into Planning

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Bigger May Sometimes Be Better

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Mapping Tech Key to Data Apps That Bust Silos

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It's All About Finding the Money

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It Ain't Broke but It Should Be Fixed

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Alejandro E. Camacho - University of California, Irvine, Jim Lyons - Department of the Interior, Lindell Marsh - Center for Collaboration in Governance, T. O'Rourke Bradford - Bureau of Reclamation, Lynn Scarlett - The Nature Conservancy, James R. Strittholt - Conservation Biology Institute, Martin Wachs - University of California, Douglas P. Wheeler - Hogan Lovells-US LLP

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There are now more than 700 HCPs nationwide, with additional plans in preparation. While a number of HCPs have been based on a more conventional model of bilateral, single-project permits that merely seek to mitigate harm to listed species, the more noteworthy HCPs are landscapewide and focused on multiple species. These plans each cover hundreds if not millions of acres and even an entire state. As this concept matures, it is outgrowing the ad-hoc way in which plans have been crafted, funded, and managed. The question is how can this area-wide, collaborative HCP concept be improved and implemented to more expeditiously and effectively provide for habitat conservation in concert with needed infrastructure and development?

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