Habitat Conservation Planning and Endangered Species Permitting

TRA specializes in habitat conservation planning and maintains a strong working relationship with experts at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. TRA prepares habitat conservation plans (HCPs) that support incidental take permits (ITPs) under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), and habitat management plans that provide implementation direction for an HCP.

The firm has authored or had major participation in dozens of habitat conservation plans for endangered species in California. In 1983, TRA prepared the first HCP completed under the Endangered Species Act, which was for San Bruno Mountain in northern San Mateo County. The firm has also been assisting San Mateo County with the implementation of that conservation plan since its approval. TRA also assisted with preparation of the first Natural Communities Conservation Plan (NCCP) under the California Fish and Game Code — the Southern California Coastal Sage Scrub NCCP, and is currently working on the Placer County Conservation Plan, both of which are regional programs.

TRA also prepares formal Biological Assessments, as required under the ESA for Section 7 take permits, and conducts biological baseline studies integral to the preparation of HCPs.