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Habitat Conservation Plans

Lessons From Areawide, Multiagency Habitat Conservation Plans in California

Through the Endangered Species Act’s Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) program and California’s Natural Community Conservation Planning program, endangered species conservation in the United States has evolved considerably. In particular...

Emerging Regulatory Experiments in Permit Process Coordination for Endangered Species and Aquatic Resources in California

Many practitioners and scholars view enhanced permit coordination as beneficial due to purported efficiency gains and potentially better conservation outcomes, but scholarship on interagency coordination is still limited. The authors...

Habitat Conservation Plans and Climate Change: Recommendations for Policy

Habitat conservation plans (HCPs) are critical tools for managing species and their habitats. Climate change poses special challenges for successful habitat conservation planning, but there are several steps to take to address these...

Biodiversity Conservation in the United States: A Case Study in Incompleteness and Indirection

What is the United States' obligation to conserve biodiversity? What is the relationship between biodiversity conservation and sustainable development? At both international and national levels, biodiversity conservation has recently...

NWF v. Babbitt: Victory for Smart Growth and Imperiled Wildlife

On August 15, 2000, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California issued a landmark ruling, in the case National Wildlife Federation v. Babbitt (NWF v. Babbitt),1 interpreting key...

Cross-Examining Market Approaches to Protecting Endangered Species

If a value system is simply presupposed and obeyed as the given structure of the world that all are made to accept and serve, it can become systematically destructive without our knowing there is a moral choice involved.1...

The Potential and the Pitfalls of Habitat Conservation Planning Under the Endangered Species Act

Editors' Summary: The ESA is simultaneously the most popular and most hated of environmental statutes. Conservationists fervently support the ESA's mission of preventing the extinction of our country's fish, wildlife, and plants,...