Habitat Conservation Planning for Endangered Species

Habitat Conservation Planning for Endangered Species
Kareiva, Peter

Given the increasing importance of HCPs and in the light of ongoing Congressional debates, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis are sponsoring research to 1) synthesize available information on existing HCPs, 2) conduct a detailed analysis of a representative set of HCPs to evaluate their likely effectiveness as a tool for conserving endangered species and habitats, and 3) identify ecological theory and methods that can be applied to strengthen the design, management and monitoring of HCP areas.


Harding, E. K.; Crone, Elizabeth E.; Elderd, Bret D.; Hoekstra, Jonathan; McKerrow, Alexa; Perrine, John; Regetz, James; Rissler, Leslie; Stanley, Amanda; Walters, Eric L.. 2001. The scientific foundations of habitat conservation plans: A quantitative assessment. Conservation Biology. Vol: 15(2). Pages 488-500.

Mann, C. and M. Plummer. Qualified thumbs up for habitat plan science. Science. 278(5346):2052-2053.

Pyke, Chris; Bierwagen, Britta; Goldstein, Noah. 1998. Strange bedfellows: Observations on the current relationship between recovery plans and habitat conservation planning. Endangered Species UPDATE. Vol: 15(6). Pages 91-99.

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Savage, Lisa T.. 1998. Innovative national graduate student seminar analyzes habitat conservation plans. Integrative Biology: Issues, News and Reviews. Vol: 1(2). Pages 45-48.

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Kareiva, Peter; Andelman, Sandy J.; Doak, Daniel; Elderd, Bret D.; Groom, Martha; Hoekstra, Jonathan; Hood, Laura; James, Frances C.; Lamoreux, John; LeBuhn, Gretchen; McCulloch, Charles E.; Regetz, James; Savage, Lisa T.; Ruckelshaus, Mary; Skelly, David K.; Wilbur, Henry M.; Zamudio, Kelly. 1999. Using science in habitat conservation plans. Online

Newspaper Articles

Deborah Schoch. New approach to protecting fragile habitats criticized. Los Angeles Times. July 20, 1998. 117(232):A3.

Carol Kaesuk Yoon. Many habitat conservation plans found to lack key data. When information is available, plans help some species. (Science Pages) The New York Times. Dec 23, 1997. 147:B13(N), F3(L).