Habitat Conservation Plan Draft Open to Comment

Oct 11, 2019
Now is the time to comment on the draft of the Habitat Conservation Plan for the Deschutes region.

By Brad Chalfant

A number of local irrigation districts and the City of Prineville have updated a draft Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for the Deschutes River region. If approved, it will govern their responsibilities and limit their liability for injury to federally listed wildlife species considered at risk from their activities. The draft HCP and its associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) are now available for public review and comment.

The Deschutes Land Trust is not a participant in the HCP, though it will influence our work for years to come. More specifically, the Deschutes HCP will govern--for the foreseeable future--streamflows within the upper Deschutes River region, including the Crooked River, Tumalo Creek, and Whychus Creek. The US Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration are inviting public comment on the proposed HCP.

The comment period is open for 45 days and closes on November 18th. Learn more about how to submit your comment.

For those seeking more information, there will be two public meetings held. On October 15th from 6-8pm, you can hear about the plan at Mount Bachelor Village Resort & Event Center in Bend. There will also be a hearing in Prineville on October 16th from 6-8pm at Carey Foster Hall at the Crook County Fairgrounds.

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