Habitat Conservation Plans
As a steward of our state lands, DNR works tirelessly to protect our valuable natural resources while fostering a viable landscape that serves the people of Washington in multiple ways. Habitat conservation plans provide guidance for activities on state and trust lands as well as rules that assure long-term conservation of many species and their habitat while providing public recreation opportunities and generating income for local county services, public school construction, and state universities.
Three Plans, Countless Benefits
The Washington Trust Lands Habitat Conservation Plan is a multi-year plan developed by DNR that to protect habitat for at-risk species, such as the northern spotted owl, while carrying out forest management and other revenue-producing activities. Visit Forest Resources for more information on how DNR is managing more than 2 million acres of forestlands to meet the needs of Washington's sensitive and endangered species while assuring public access to outdoor recreation and revenue for state trust land beneficiaries.
The Washington State Forest Practices Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) is a direct result of the Forests and Fish Report. The HCP was approved in 2006 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Service. Covering 60,000 miles of stream habitat across 9.3 million acres of private and state forestlands, this 50-year agreement protects the habitat of aquatic species, supports economically viable and healthy forests, and creates regulatory stability for landowners. Visit Forest Practices Habitat Conservation Plan.
The proposed Aquatic Habitat Conservation Plan is intended to guide how DNR manages 2.6 million acres of state-owned aquatic lands is a manner that will allow the people of Washington to benefit from the use of these aquatic lands while ensuring environmental protection of the state’s aquatic resources. Visit the Aquatics web pages for more information about this plan, which is currently under development.