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Threat To Tiny Golden-Cheeked Warbler Is Disputed In Texas

Threat to Tiny Golden-Cheeked Warbler Is Disputed in Texas

"These days, the diminutive songbird, which weighs less than an ounce, is at the center of a classic environment-versus-development confrontation over emerging efforts to end its 25-year status as an endangered species. Those who are calling for the delisting maintain that the protections are based on inaccurate data, impede development in the high-growth Austin and San Antonio metropolitan areas and restrict training at Fort Hood, one of the world’s largest military installations." "The warbler showdown is also part of a…

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HCA Learning Opportunities About The SEP HCP

HCA learning opportunities about the SEP HCP

The Southern Edwards Plateau Habitat Conservation Plan (SEP HCP) has its share of controversy. HCA convened a successful meeting in Boerne in March to foster more understanding and as a result, a landowner gathering has been scheduled in Bandera on May 5th. Read more about the purpose and outcomes from the March program here. Join us in Bandera May 5th to participate with Hill Country landowner and a great line-up of speakers. See below for details. Bandera Meeting of the…

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A Habitat Conservation Plan for the Southern Edwards Plateau

Bexar County and the City of San Antonio are working on a regional planning effort to balance the conservation needs of rare plants and animals with the demand for economic growth and development. This program is known as the Southern Edwards Plateau, Habitat Conservation Plan (SEP HCP): A Habitat Conservation Plan for the Southern Edwards Plateau Opportunity or Liability By Milan J. Michalec, HCA Board Member Since the initial public comments were recorded during the scoping period in 2011,…

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Public Meetings Scheduled on the Southern Edwards Plateau draft Habitat Conservation Plan and draft Environmental Impact Statement

From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in cooperation with the City of San Antonio and Bexar County will conduct public meetings in Helotes, Texas and Kerrville, Texas, to obtain comments on the Southern Edwards Plateau draft Habitat Conservation Plan (dHCP), draft Environmental Impact Statement (dEIS) and an incidental take permit application. The Southern Edwards Plateau dHCP outlines conservation actions designed to ensure that development occurring in one of the most rapidly growing…

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The Edward Aquifer HCP is one of four conservation partnerships honored by the Interior Secretary

The Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program (EARIP) is one of four organizations to receive the Department of Interior's Partner in Conservation Award. EARIP's Habitat Conservation Plan, approved in 2013, was created to ensure that the Comal and San Marcos springs will continue to flow and that species such as the fountain darter and Texas blind salamander will survive even if Texas experiences yet another significant drought. Learn More

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Approves EARIP Habitat Conservation Plan

"Approval of the EARIP's HCP marks a significant conservation achievement for the Edwards Aquifer Region," stated Southwest Regional Director Benjamin Tuggle. "The organizations and individuals involved in the development of the HCP clearly demonstrated that it is possible to come together and develop a consensus based solution to a very complex water issue in Texas." Read More

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2012 Habitat Conservation News

August 18, 2012 New EAA website, video explain Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan A new website and video developed by the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) help explain the purpose and goals of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan (EAHCP), which is currently under review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The website went live August 3, 2012, and features helpful background information on the development of the EAHCP, its history, mission and goals, including a new informational…

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2011 Habitat Conservation News

December 28, 2011 EAA Board Approves Funding Agreement for Habitat Conservation Plan The Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) Board of Directors approved a funding and management agreement on Tuesday, December 28, that details how the EAA will pay for implementing a habitat conservation plan (HCP) aimed at protecting threatened and endangered species whose only known habitats are the aquifer-fed Comal and San Marcos springs. More from December 14, 2011 Vote sinks aquifer funding The Edwards Aquifer Authority board failed Tuesday…

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