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  • Pima County, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Celebrate Signing of Multi-Species Conservation Plan

    Oct 06, 2016 | Read More News
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    Pygmy OwlNearly two decades of research, planning and cooperation comes to fruition on Thursday, October 13 when Pima County and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formally complete the necessary process to initiate implementation of the Multi-Species Conservation Plan (MSCP) with a signing ceremony at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The celebration will take place in the Museum’s Baldwin Education Building at 4:30 p.m.

    The MSCP is the keystone of the broader Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan and it addresses required endangered species compliance under the Endangered Species Act. Under terms of the agreement, Pima County receives a federal permit that streamlines compliance with the Act, thereby providing a simpler, faster and less expensive way to move public and private sector projects into construction. 

    Over 600 public meetings and a decade of public and expert review occurred before Pima County formally applied to the Fish and Wildlife Service for the Section 10 permit. The planning process that led to the permit is considered by many in the United States to be a premier example of a locally-based strategy to achieve natural resource conservation while promoting economic well-being.

    Dignitaries expected to attend the event include Rep. Raúl Gríjalva, USWFS Southwest Deputy Regional Director Joy Nicholopoulos, Pima County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bronson, County Supervisor Ray Carroll and Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. All will be available for interviews during the event.

    The signing ceremony will be followed by a reception. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.