The careful management of our natural resources, including the land, water sources, wildlife, and plants, is a responsibility that Stanford takes seriously. Development of a Habitat Conservation Plan is an important step toward this goal. An overview of the potential benefits to species and their habitat, Stanford University, and the community are listed below.

Species & Habitat

  • Directly supports the covered species
    • Improves protection for species and their habitats
    • Improves habitat quality
    • Increases species population size
    • Increases extent of habitat
  • Provides an "umbrella of protection" for many other local species
  • Increases connectivity for species between occupied areas
  • Creates a program to identify and reduce future threats and impacts to species

Stanford University

  • Provides for coordinated monitoring, management, and restoration plans
  • Provides a substantial commitment of resources at the onset of the program which allows for the initiation of conservation actions
  • Increases knowledge of threatened and endangered species
  • Provides clear guidelines on how and where to protect habitat
  • Provides framework to take advantage of future opportunities and partnerships
  • Helps promote resource conservation and education
  • Allows development of new facilities needed to achieve Stanford University’s academic mission


  • Increases local knowledge of threatened and endangered species and related ecological resources
  • Creates opportunities for cooperative regional efforts to conserve national resources
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