Secretary Jewell to Spotlight Model Conservation, Economic Development Partnership in California


Will Tour East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan Site,  Host Discussion on Benefits of Locally-led Conservation Planning


05/02/2014


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ANTIOCH, CA -- On Monday, May 5, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will visit the site of the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan, a locally-developed plan to protect and benefit 28 imperiled species in the area while also encouraging land use and economic development.

Jewell will tour the area and host a roundtable discussion with Congressman Jerry McNerney and local leaders from the conservation and development communities who spearheaded the successful conservation plan.

Habitat conservation plans are agreements under the Endangered Species Act under which landowners and other partners work hand-in-hand with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to proactively address long-term conservation needs, maintain local control over land use and provide flexibility to meet economic growth initiatives.

The East Contra Costa County HCP is one of 14 regional habitat conservation plans in California that have been approved or are in development. Together, they are expected to eventually conserve more than two million acres of land located near large urban areas and provide streamlined permitting for thousands of projects with a combined economic value of $1.6 trillion.

Media are invited to both the tour and the stakeholder’s meeting.

WHO:
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Jerry McNerney, U.S. Representative (CA-9)
Mary Piepho, Supervisor-District III, Contra Costa County and Chair of the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy Board
Sal Evola, Mayor, City of Pittsburg and Board Member, East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy
John Kopchik, Executive Director, East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy
Robert Doyle, General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District
Catherine Kutsuris, Director, Contra Costa County Department of Conservation & Development
Jennifer Norris, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento

WHEN:
Monday, May 5, 2014
12:00pm PDT - Tour of Krieger Peak, East Bay Regional Park  
1:30pm PDT - Stakeholder Meeting

WHERE:
Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, near Antioch, CA
Directions will be provided upon R.S.V.P.

NOTE:
Media are invited to both the stakeholder’s meeting and the tour. Those wishing to attend are required to RSVP directly to jessica_kershaw@ios.doi.gov by 5 p.m. PDT on Sunday, May 4. All directions will be provided upon RSVP.