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Aquatic Lands Habitat Conservation Plan 
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Aquatic Lands Habitat Conservation Plan
As steward of more than 2.6 million acres of state-owned aquatic lands, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) ensures that the people of Washington benefit from the use of aquatic lands while also ensuring environmental protection of the state’s aquatic resources.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is now engaging in a new stakeholder consultation process to discuss sections of the HCP related to log-booming and overwater structures.

If you are interested in participating in these discussions, please contact Assistant Division Manager Michal Rechner at 360-902-1100 or
ard@dnr.wa.gov.

NOAA NMFS

USFWS Washington Fish and Wildlife Office Website

DRAFT Conservation Plan and related documents
Following are the documents for the DRAFT Habitat Conservation Plan and related documents.  In addition, the Federal Services published the DRAFT Environmental Impact Statement that analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the proposed conservation plan.

September 9, 2014 News Release

Draft Aquatic Lands HCP
Cover, Acknowledgements, Cover Letter, Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Planning Context
Chapter 3: Activities
Chapter 4: Species
Chapter 5: Operating Conservation Program
Chapter 6: Alternatives to HCP
Chapter 7: Glossary
Chapter 8: References

Draft Aquatic Lands HCP Appendices
 A.  Ecosystem Characteristics
 B.  Species Considered
 C.  Vegetation
 D.  Derelict Vessel Hydraulic Project Approval
 E.  Aquatic Reserves Implementation
 F.  Adaptive Management Monitoring
 G.  Protecting Core Remaining Habitat
 H.  Compliance Monitoring
 I.   Meeting HCP Goals
 J.  Operational Definition of an Eelgrass Bed

Draft Environmental Impact Statement

MORE ABOUT THE AQUATIC LANDS HABITAT CONSERVATION PLAN

What is an HCP?
A habitat conservation plan defines how lands are managed and the measures used to ensure long-term, landscape-based protection of federally listed and non-listed species considered at risk of extinction. The plan is a formalized contract between the land manager (DNR) and the federal services agencies charged with protecting endangered and threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. 

Under the Aquatic Lands HCP, DNR will commit to strategies that protect and enhance habitats that support at-risk species. The plan emphasizes habitat conservation and recovery, and ecosystem health as the basis for strong long-term management. The aquatic HCP will guide how and where uses of state-owned aquatic lands will occur.

Learn more about HCPs.

Learn more and get involved!
At DNR, transparency is one of our guiding principles. We invite you to learn more about aquatic lands, how DNR manages them, and how the habitat conservation plan would affect them. If you would like to find out more or be notified of opportunities to become involved, contact us at 360-902-1100 or send us an email: aquaticsesa@dnr.wa.gov.



Federal Civil Rights
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, DNR does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. However, should a person wish to file a discrimination complaint, please write to:

USDA, Director
Office of Civil Rights
Room 326-W, Whitten Building
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington D.C. 20250-9410
or call 202.720.5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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 Contacts

Michal Rechner
Aquatic Resources Assistant Division Manager
360-902-1075
michal.rechner@dnr.wa.gov

Scott Anderson
NOAA Fisheries
scott.anderson@noaa.gov

Tim Romanski
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
tim.romanski@fws.gov

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 Related Links

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Coordination
Additional HCP Information