The goal of the federal Endangered Species Act is to promote recovery and protection of a species from extinction. The Act lists specific species as either threatened or endangered and prohibits the “take” of a listed species. The Act prohibits “take,” which includes the harming, harassing, killing or collecting of the species listed, and instead promotes actions that aid in recovery of a species.
The Habitat Conservation Plan will focus on the species protected by the federal Endangered Species Act now, and those species projected to receive protection over the next 50 years. Specifically it will include the protected species and their habitats that are located on Stanford lands.
The Habitat Conservation Plan is designed to benefit these species. If the plan is successful, these species populations at Stanford will increase, and, as they become more abundant, they will inhabit more areas at Stanford.