For more than 20 years, the Bakersfield region has been a leader in conservation planning and believes in the continued implementation of goals necessary to restore natural resources in the area addressed by the Metropolitan Bakersfield General Plan, while streamlining the environmental permitting process for impacts on threatened and endangered species.
In 1994, the City of Bakersfield and the County of Kern created the Metropolitan Bakersfield Habitat Conservation Plan (MBHCP) which established the first multi-species HCP in the state of California under the following permits:
Both permits expired in 2014 but were extended (USFWS) or granted an interim permit (CDFW) until 2019. USFWS and CDFW have indicated that a new HCP must replace the original to reflect current requirements established under their jurisdictions.
The Bakersfield Habitat Conservation Plan (or Plan) builds on the original goals outlined in the earlier MBHCP to protect and enhance native habitats which support threatened and endangered species, while allowing projects to proceed as set forth in other local planning documents. Preparing a new Plan provides the City and County an opportunity to expand the benefits of the Plan to new participants, adjust and clarify the species and activities addressed by the Plan, and incorporate improvements based on the lessons learned from implementing the MBHCP since 1994.