Hawaii Considers Establishing Standards for Proposed Activities that May Impact Endangered or Threatened Species

Hawaii House Bill 1979, cross filed with Senate Bill 3014, would require all individuals who propose to engage in an activity with a probability of incidental harm or harassment of an endangered or threatened species to enter into a planning process, including preparation of a Habitat Conservation Plan, with the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. The proposal would be subject to a public comment period and would establish standards for plan approval.