PG&E’s Operations and Maintenance Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) allows for a regional, activity-based approach to protect endangered plants and animals—in full compliance with the state and federal Endangered Species Act. The plan was developed in collaboration with federal and state natural resource agencies.
PG&E’s first permitted Habitat Conservation Plan is located in the San Joaquin Valley region of our service area.
The San Joaquin Valley region HCP, which was implemented in early 2008, will cover almost all of our routine operations and maintenance, as well as minor new construction activities that occur within the San Joaquin Valley for the next 30 years. It also establishes clear goals and measures for protecting, managing and monitoring 23 wildlife and 42 plant species, including the San Joaquin kit fox, California Red-Legged Frog, Vernal Pool Fairy Shrimp and Western Burrowing Owl.
The blunt-nosed leopard lizard is one of the 65 species included in PG&E’s Operations and Maintenance Habitat Conservation Plan in the San Joaquin Valley region. Photograph courtesy of Greg Warrick, Center for Natural Lands Management.