In 1994, the City of Bakersfield (City) and the County of Kern (County) created the Metropolitan Bakersfield Habitat Conservation Plan (MBHCP)* which established the first multi-species HCP in the state of California under Section 10(a)(1)(B), US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Section 2081, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Agency (CDFW). For more than 25 years, the City and the County have been leaders in conservation planning for threatened and endangered species.
In recent years, many standards and requirements have changed for habitat conservation planning under the jurisdictions of the USFWS and CDFW, which now require the City and County to create a new plan.
In response, the City and County are currently drafting a new plan known as the Bakersfield Habitat Conservation Plan (or Plan). This new Plan is proposed to build on the original goals and objectives outlined under the MBHCP. The expanded goals and objectives will focus on the protection and enhancement of native habitats which support threatened and endangered species, while allowing development to proceed as set forth in local and other planning documents. Preparing this new Plan will provide the City and County an opportunity to expand the benefits to future development and conservation lands, adjust and clarify the covered species and covered activities, and incorporate improvements based on the lessons learned from implementing the MBHCP since 1994.
*For more information regarding the current Metropolitan Bakersfield Habitat Conservation Plan (MBHCP), please contact the appropriate jurisdiction using the following websites:
City of Bakersfield: https://bakersfieldcity.us/gov/depts/community_development/habitat.htm