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MPA Common Ground Award Recognizes Multi-species Conservation Plan

Nov 09, 2016 | Read More News
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On Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, the Metropolitan Pima Alliance (MPA) recognized the Pima County Multi-Species Conservation Plan with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition signed by Congresswoman Martha McSally and Common Ground Award at their 12th Annual Awards ceremony.

The event honors community leaders, real estate projects and development oriented programs that overcame great obstacles through unlikely and atypical collaboration.

MPA received nearly 50 nominations in 2016. The Multi-Species Conservation Plan (MSCP) was one of the ten awardees. 

Each finalist went through a multi-step process including participating in a panel interview where nominees were scored against weighted criteria including quality, size and complexity of the collaboration.
The MSCP provides a simpler, faster way for the public and private sectors to address endangered species compliance for new development actions occurring in the nearly 1.7 million acre permit area. The unique process used to develop this plan required the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to cooperate with each other to simplify complex federal procedures.
Among the many local stakeholders in developing the MSCP, County staff listened carefully to the concerns of developers, realtors, homeowners, environmentalists, and ranchers who were initially at odds with each other. The public planning process that led to simplifying federal regulation is considered by many in the United States as a premier example of community-based, collaborative conservation land use planning that successfully balances growth and natural area conservation.