The San Luis Valley Regional HCP is a community-based effort to provide landowners and local units of government with a self-governing process for compliance with Endangered Species Act regulations through the voluntary conservation and enhancement of riparian habitat.  The endangered southwestern willow flycatcher, as well as other federally-protected species, are found along rivers and streams in the Valley, creating the need for a proactive approach. 

The HCP is designed to improve habitat for the flycatcher and other wildlife species while also giving landowners and communities the assurances to conduct routine agricultural and infrastructure activities without the threat of federal regulation.  The activities to be covered, their impacts, and mitigation measures are documented in an HCP and an associated Incidental Take Permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The HCP is being coordinated by the Rio Grande Water Conservation District in partnership with Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache Counties, local municipalities, and the State of Colorado.

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