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The Natomas Basin Conservancy Habitat Conservation Plan (NBHCP), adopted in November 1997 and revised in 2003, was designed to promote biological conservation along with economic development and continuation of agriculture in the Natomas Basin. Located in the northern portion of Sacramento County and the southern portion of Sutter County, the NBHCP applies to the, approximately, 54,000-acre interior of the Basin, and contains incorporated and unincorporated areas within the jurisdiction of the City of Sacramento, Sacramento County and Sutter County.
The purpose of the NBHCP is to promote biological conservation along with economic development and the continuation of agriculture within the Natomas Basin.
The NBHCP establishes a multi-species conservation program to mitigate the expected loss of habitat values and incidental take of protected species that would result from urban development, operation of irrigation and drainage systems, and rice farming. The goal of the NBHCP is to preserve, restore, and enhance habitat values found in the Natomas Basin while allowing urban development to proceed according to local land use plans.