The Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency leads the implementation of the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan (Habitat Plan). The Habitat Plan is a 50-year regional plan to protect endangered species and natural resources while allowing for future development in Santa Clara County. In 2013 the Habitat Plan was adopted by all local participating agencies and permits were issued from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. It is both a habitat conservation plan and natural community conservation plan, or HCP/NCCP. This planning document:

Helps private and public entities plan and conduct projects and activities in ways that lessen impacts on natural resources, including specific threatened and endangered species.

Identifies regional lands—called reserves—to be preserved or restored to benefit those species.

Describes how reserves will be managed and monitored to ensure that they benefit those species. 

In providing a long-term, coordinated program for habitat restoration and conservation, the Habitat Plan aims to enhance the viability of threatened and endangered species throughout the Santa Clara Valley. The Habitat Agency implements the Habitat Plan and reports compliance to the Wildlife Agencies. 

  1. Sycamore Alluvial Woodland Habitat Mapping and Regeneration Study

    The San Francisco Estuary Institute and H.T. Harvey & Associates received a LAG to assess the biotic and abiotic factors that influence sycamore stand health. Read on...
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What's New

  1. Oak Woodland Guidance Memo
    If a project that impacts oak woodlands receives coverage under the Habitat Plan, it is exempt from the mitigation requirements of the Oak Woodlands Conservation Act.

    See full memo here.

  2. Habitat Agency Receives Central Valley Project Conservation Program (CVPCP) and Central Valley Project Improvement Act Habitat Restoration Program (HRP) Grant
    Habitat Agency receives $1,000,000 award for the acquisition of Richmond Ranch serpentine habitat on Coyote Ridge. 

    See full announcement here.