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Meeting Date: 03/03/2020  
Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grant Proposal
Submitted For: Gary Boyd Submitted By: Gary Boyd, Parks
Department: Parks  
Agenda Category: Regular Agenda Items

Agenda Item
Discuss, consider and take appropriate action to authorize the Williamson County Conservation Foundation to apply for a Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grant though Texas Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Williamson County Conservation Foundation (WCCF) is seeking approval to apply for approximately $1 million for a Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grant to amend the existing Regional Habitat Conservation Plan (RHCP) to add/benefit five species (Proposed Species) and for other conservation enhancements.

Adding the Proposed Species as Covered Species under the RHCP will ensure coordinated ESA compliance with respect to activities that may result in take, reduce the economic and administrative burden on the County and County projects, USFWS, project proponents, and other federal, state, and local agencies required to ensure against unauthorized take of the Proposed Species and against jeopardizing the continued existence of said species; and reduce the economic burden to individual landowners by allowing them to obtain take coverage under the County and Foundation’s Permit through participation in the RHCP. Meanwhile, the RCHP will provide important scientific and critical conservation benefits to the Proposed Species and their habitats.

Fiscal Impact
From/To Acct No. Description Amount
Grant management request - WCCF

Form Review
Inbox Reviewed By Date
County Judge Exec Asst. Andrea Schiele 02/27/2020 10:37 AM
Form Started By: Gary Boyd Started On: 02/26/2020 04:01 PM
Final Approval Date: 02/27/2020


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