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Thurston County, Washington

Community Planning and Economic Development

The 2022 Gopher Inspection season is now closed. If you want gopher inspection or were previously advised to get it, the permit process has changed. 

The county’s plan to locally manage permitting that affects the Mazama pocket gopher and other Endangered Species Act listed animals in our area was approved July 1, 2022 by the federal agency, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Now, if you apply for a permit that will impact these gophers, you can use the county’s Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) permitting process anytime during the year beginning in early 2023, or you can develop your own habitat plan with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

  • Learn about county HCP Permitting.   
  • If Your Property was Already Inspected 
    • Properties that fully completed gopher inspection and meet certain criteria may not be required to use the county’s HCP permit process.
    • Go to Properties Already Inspected to learn about the possible next steps in your application process.
    • Contact the gopher inspection project manager with questions. 
  • Preparing Your Own Habitat Conservation Plan with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
    • If you prefer, you can prepare your own habitat conservation plan with the federal agency that manages the Endangered Species Act. Learn more about Preparing Your Own Federal HCP