MSHCPMultiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (University of California, Berkeley)
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Next, Bear Valley challenged FWS's decision not to exclude land covered by the MSHCP from the Final Rule's critical habitat designation.
(135) Bear Valley contended that, by executing the MSHCP and the Implementation Agreement, FWS pledged not to designate any areas covered by the MSHCP as critical habitat.
The goal of the 5-million-acre (2-million-hectare) MSHCP is to conserve healthy functioning ecosystems and the species supported by them (see sidebar).
The committee that developed the MSHCP was composed of federal, state, and local government agencies; environmental groups such as The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, and Conservation Fund; university and independent scientists; and resource users such as the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, Southern Nevada Water Authority, mining and grazing interests, and off-highway vehicle enthusiasts.
Large-scale, long-term cooperative efforts such as the Coachella Valley MSHCP will become more important as human populations in and around the Coachella Valley increase.