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Conservation and Development Planning

With information on existing habitats and potential wildlife presence, a well-informed decision can be made about whether onsite assessments should be conducted to determine the likelihood and actual presence of protected wildlife.  After the actual presence/absence of species is determined, options can be evaluated for avoiding or minimizing impacts to wildlife during project design, or for the improvement of wildlife habitat.  This chapter provides an overview of wildlife survey considerations, planning tools, conservation opportunities, and strategies that can be considered when planning projects.