Big — but not the biggest

Chris Austin’s thorough summary of the most recent Bay Delta Conservation Plan meeting contains some interesting perspective about the size of the BDCP, compared with other habitat conservation plans put into place across the country.

BDCP is big, no doubt. But it’s not the biggest in terms of acreage, according to consultant David Zippin.

In response to a question, Zippin said a wind power habitat conservation plan is in the works spanning eight states in the Midwest. He also mentioned timber projects in the Pacific Northwest.

Austin quotes Zippin: “I would say we’re about in the middle of the road in terms of acreage size, but in also in terms of the numbers of species we’re covering, it’s about an average number.”

The difference is that BDCP involves water.

“In terms of aquatic HCPs, we’re certainly one of the largest in the country right now,” Zippin said.

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