What sets the Cedar River Watershed HCP apart from other HCPs?

More than 230 HCPs have been developed since the ESA first authorized them in 1982. Many have been criticized for asserted deficiencies such as lack of public involvement, absence of scientific basis, lack of clear biological objectives and monitoring related to these objectives, and failure to provide a "net benefit" for species. Seattle’s Cedar River Watershed HCP addresses these concerns. The Cedar River Watershed HCP is based on the best available scientific information and over 10 years of collaborative research.

The plan was developed in collaboration with state and federal agencies, with input from tribal biologists and leading regional scientists. Extensive public participation in HCP development began in 1994, involving more than 100 presentations, workshops, field trips, and meetings, engaging the public and scientists in development, review, and revisions to the draft HCP. In the implementation phase, stakeholders, scientists, and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe continues to be involved in an advisory capacity by way of participation on oversight committees. In addition to issues governed by the ESA, the Cedar River Watershed HCP addresses related resource issues with the State of Washington, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe.