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Williamson County, Texas, contains habitat occupied by three karst invertebrates and two bird species that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The County also contains habitat for other rare species, including at least four species of salamanders and 19 species of karst invertebrates that may be in need of conservation efforts to preclude the need for listing in the future. The presence of endangered species habitat has significantly affected both public and private development activities within Williamson County. As the County continues to grow, conflicts with the requirements of the Endangered Species Act will likely increase, and important open space and habitat may be lost. Williamson County has determined that it is in the best interests of the County's natural resources and long-term economic growth to prepare a regional habitat conservation plan (RHCP) that will support an incidental take permit (the Permit) allowing limited impacts to four of the listed species, provided certain conservation and management actions are implemented. Open Access - Permission by Publisher See Extended description for more information.
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SWCA, Environmental Consultants; Smith, Robertson, Elliot, Glen, Klein & Bell, L.L.P.; Prime Strategies, Inc.; Capital Market Research, Inc.; and Texas Perspectives, Inc., "Williamson County regional habitat conservation plan" (2008). KIP Data Sets and Technical Reports. 135.