RECON prepared a combined multiple species habitat conservation plan (MSHCP) and environmental impact statement (EIS) for Clark County, Nevada. Clark County is one of the fastest-growing areas in the country and encompasses 5,319,000 acres, of which approximately 92 percent is under federal jurisdiction. Five federally listed species and three candidate species are found within the county. The HCP/EIS allowed Clark County to receive a permit under Section 10(a) of the federal Endangered Species Act that allows incidental take of desert tortoise. The MSHCP extends coverage to an additional 79 species, including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and plants. The plan area includes 11 ecosystems comprised of 18 native vegetative habitats ranging from alpine to creosote scrub and owned or managed by six federal agencies, Native Americans, the State of Nevada, local government, and private interests.
The Clark County MSHCP received national recognition when then U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt signed the permit at a ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada. As part of the work effort leading up to this event, RECON staff attended steering committee meetings, public hearings, and public scoping meetings. RECON created over 200 layers of geographic information system (GIS) information and generated two NEPA EISs and one combined HCP/EIS document. The Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and National Park Service also approved the plan.