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Proposed Covered Species in Thurston County

HCP Web Changes Coming in Spring 2021

The HCP is moving forward, and new information is added frequently. To accommodate new documents and make them easier to find, tabs and pages are being reorganized. Several new sections are being added so you can find Documents, News, Permit info & Conservation plans faster. Transition expected this Spring. We're simplifying and adding, not removing. 

HCP Species

​The County's HCP will focus on the four species below, three of which are protected by the federal Engangered Species Act (ESA). A fourth species, the Oregon vesper sparrow,  is being considered for listing. All four animals are found on prairie and wetland/riparian habitat in unincorporated areas of the County.


Mazama pocket gopher
Listed in 2014 as Threatened


Oregon spotted frog
Listed in 2014 as Threatened                                                


Taylor's checkerspot butterfly
Listed in 2013 as Endangered


Oregon vesper sparrow
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is considering listing.