Habitat Conservation Plan [HCP] Law and Legal Definition
Habitat conservation plans are popular agreements developed by private landowners to manage endangered species on their property. HCPs are wildlife plans developed to conserve particular plant and animal species. The plan outlines methods for maintaining, enhancing, and protecting habitats needed for these species. HCP includes plans for permanent protection of habitats, restoration of habitats, and measures to minimize impacts. The plan may also include provisions to relocate plants or animals to another area. A HCP is required before an incidental take permit may be issued.