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Land Use and Environmental Planning

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The Conservation Program contributes to land use planning by:

  • Developing University-wide conservation goals, assessments, and plans
  • Advising the University of biological opportunities, conservation goals, and constraints during the early stages of land use planning efforts, and again when specific projects are being developed
  • Collaborating with university groups to minimize environmental impacts of university operations
  • Providing educational resources for Stanford staff and consultants whose activities may impact sensitive species or habitats
  • Working with regulatory agencies and community groups for landscape-level environmental solutions


Stanford worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife to prepare a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). The HCP aims to stabilize or increase the populations of covered species and provide Stanford with assurances that its long-term operation of the University complies with the Federal and State Endangered Species Acts. Stanford's HCP establishes a comprehensive conservation program that protects, restores, and enhances habitat areas; monitors and reports on covered species populations; and avoids and minimizes impacts on species and their habitats.