Proposed Covered Species in Thurston County

​The HCP will focus on the prairie, oak and wetland/riparian habitat for species located in Thurston County protected under the Endangered Species Act:

  1. Mazama pocket gopher (Threatened in 2014)
  2. Oregon spotted frog (Threatened in 2014)
  3. Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly  (Endangered, 2013)
  4. Streaked horned lark  (Threatened in 2013)

The plan also includes eight additional at-risk species residing in similar habitats that may become listed under the Endangered Species Act in the future. Covering these species in the HCP now can eliminate the need for an additional HCP in the future; and because these species habitats overlap mitigation will be more efficient and less costly.