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Habitat Conservation Planning

Under the Endangered Species Act, Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) are becoming increasingly common regulatory necessities and planning tools for many, including joint-powers agencies, cities and counties, local districts and state agencies, energy companies and private developers in California. Recent listings of threatened and endangered species have resulted in conflicts with existing and planned land use and water projects.

Gain an overview of state and federal endangered species laws and recommendations for best approaches to conservation planning. Explore case studies of simple single species and complex multispecies HCPs.

Topics include:

  • Endangered Species Act Section 10 requirements for HCPs and conservation planning guidelines
  • California Natural Community Conservation Planning Act process guidelines
  • Regional conservation plans and low effect HCPs
  • Integrated compliance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act wetlands and stream regulations
  • No surprises, safe harbors and candidate conservation agreements


David Zippin, Ph.D., is a vice president with ICF International and leads the firm's large habitat conservation planning and implementation practice. He has contributed to, managed, overseen and implemented more than 35 regional and project HCPs and NCCPs and their environmental documents. He is coauthor of the award-winning Understanding the Habitat Conservation Planning Process in California: A Guidebook for Project and Regional Conservation Planning.
Brad Norton is a principal and senior project manager at ICF International with more than 15 years of experience in environmental consulting. His primary focus is habitat conservation planning and the development and implementation of HCPs. He has managed the permitting process and development of compliance documents for several large multiple jurisdiction HCPs, water projects, energy projects and restoration projects.


Aug. 15: Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St, Sacramento, CA




$300.00 ($330.00 if postmarked after 08/01/2014).

Special Discounts:

10% discount for organizations enrolling three or more people at the same time in the same course. All registrations must be submitted at the same time and fees paid with one check, credit card or purchase order.
10% discount for APACA Section and BIA members


.6 CEU, 6 Hours, 6 MCLE Hours, 6 AICP Hours






Earn a Certificate

This course is part of these certificate programs:

Land Use and Environmental Planning

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