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Habitat Conservation Advisory Committee meetings:
2014- current HCAC agendas and meeting minutes can be found at: http://www.utah.gov/pmn/index.html
2008 – 2013 HCAC meeting agendas and minutes can be found at: Past HCAC Meeting Minutes
Technical Committee meetings:
2014 – current TC agendas and meeting minutes can be found at: http://www.utah.gov/pmn/index.html
2008 – 2013 TC meeting agendas and minutes can be found at: Past TC Meeting Minutes
Land Acquisition Sub-Committee meetings:
2021- current LAS agendas and meeting minutes can be found at: http://www.utah.gov/pmn/index.html
Who are they and what do they do?
Habitat Conservation Advisory Committee
The Habitat Conservation Advisory Committee, or HCAC, meets bi-monthly on the 4th Tuesday, with occasional exceptions. A meeting may be rescheduled if it conflicts with a holiday or if a quorum is not available for a meeting. Meetings are held at 1:00 PM at the Washington County Admin Building, 111 E. Tabernacle, St. George.
The HCAC’s Role. (excerpted from the HCP) The HCAC’s job is to oversee the administration of the HCP and to serve in an advisory capacity to the Commission regarding county-wide threatened, endangered, and candidate species matters. When necessary, the HCAC will function as interpreters of the HCP document and, as such, give direction to the HCP administrator (subject to final review of the Commission). They will direct the activities of the administrator and review and approve the annual work plan and quarterly and annual reports on the quantity of take and mitigation implemented prior to submission of the documents to the County Commission. All deficiencies in the reports identified by the HCAC will be corrected or completed by the HCP administrator. The HCAC will also oversee the expenditure of mitigation monies, review and make recommendations regarding the appropriateness of proposed amendments to the HCP, and provide problem-solving and advise to the HCP administrator.
The HCAC will include representation from the Utah Department of Natural Resources (UDNR), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), an environmental organization (representative designated by the Commission), local government (designated by the Washington County Mayors’ Association), local development (designated by the Commission), and a citizen at large (selected from the largest contributing municipality after recommendation from that municipality’s governing board). Agency representatives will be nominated to the Commission by their respective agencies. Only the four non-agency members will rotate positions, with two positions serving two-year terms and two serving three-year terms. The HCAC will meet at least once a month and operate by consensus. The chairperson of the committee will be determined by the committee members and rotate annually.
The Technical Committee, or TC, meets on an as-needed basis, typically on the 2nd Thursday of the month, with occasional exceptions. A meeting may be rescheduled if it conflicts with a holiday or if a quorum is not available for a meeting. Meetings are usually held at 9am at the Washington County Admin Building, 111 E. Tabernacle St. in St George, unless otherwise posted.
The Role of the Technical Committee. (excerpted from the HCP) Members of the TC shall serve at the discretion of the Washington County Commission and will include the HCP biologist, a local biologist, and representatives from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Snow Canyon State Park, and the US Geological Survey or (other professional nominated by the USFWS). The agency representatives will be nominated to the committee by their respective agencies and approved by the Commission. The TC will be available to the HCP administrator and the HCAC on an as-needed basis to provide biological information on endangered, threatened, and candidate species. The TC will participate in the initial development of the annual work plan by recommending how the amount of money allocated annually for mitigation should be expended. They will include other specialists as necessary; however, all expenditures identified by the TC must be approved by the HCAC. The chairperson of the TC will be determined by the committee members and rotate annually.
Land Acquisition Sub-committee
The Land Acquisition Sub-committee, or LAS, meets on an as-needed basis, typically on the 4th Thursday of the month on the HCAC’s off months, with occasional exceptions. A meeting may be rescheduled if it conflicts with a holiday or if a quorum is not available for a meeting. Meetings are usually held at 1pm at the Washington County Admin Building, 111 E. Tabernacle St. in St George, unless otherwise posted.
The Role of the Land Acquisition Sub-Committee. (excerpted from the restated and Ammended HCP) Upon reissuance of the ITP, the County will direct the HCAC to create a standing subcommittee (i.e., the Land Acquisition Subcommittee) tasked with following up on the progress of Reserve land acquisitions, engaging with private landowners and SITLA representatives on new potential opportunities, and creating collaborative partnerships for facilitating acquisition transactions. In general, this subcommittee will prioritize acquisitions in Reserve Zone 3 over those in other Reserve Zones.