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Best Management Practices

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Protecting Endangered Species

In California's San Joaquin Valley, more than 90 percent of sensitive wildlife habitat has been converted to other land uses, increasing the importance of conserving remaining habitat even while providing for other land uses.

In this complex scientific and administrative setting, Plains Exploration and Production Company (PXP) is implementing a voluntary habitat conservation plan that exceeds regulatory requirements and public expectations.

The 2006 Award for Habitat Conservation through the use of Best Management Practices recognizes the Plans wide ranging efforts to avoid and minimize disturbance to threatened and endangered species in the Valley.

Ron Huntsinger, Field Manager, BLM Bakersfield Field Office,
"They have been very cooperative with us in modifying their business practices to accommodate some of the resource protection/resource conservation aspects of the development on public lands."

BLM lands are some of the last remnants of habitat in the valley for species like the San Joaquin kit fox, the blunt nosed leopard lizard, and the giant kangaroo rat. PXP's habitat conservation plan is a total total package for sustaining quality habitat for endangered species.

Larry Saslaw, Wildlife Biologist, BLM Bakersfield Field Office,
" The Habitat Conservation Plan lays out the regulatory requirements to minimize the amount of habitat disturbance, to conduct surveys, take avoidance and mitigation measure, and then to compensate with off-site habitat acquisitions to off-set the development of the oil field activities."

The key element of the plan sets aside more than 1,250 acres of company owned land valued at more than 1 million dollars for habitat management. Plains Energy makes these lands available so species can be trans located when further mitigation is required under the Federal and California endangered species acts. For PXP it is also a better way to manage permit approval.

Gabe Garcia, Surface Protection Specialist, BLM Bakersfield Field Office,
" I think that kind of sets them apart from every company here in the Valley. It makes their operations for them easier, makes things easier on us, knowing that they have that working document in hand. It allows them to mitigate their projects with lands they have set aside."

Rick Garcia, Senior Environmental Advisor, Plains Exploration & Production,
"It is a win-win situation for the agencies and for the private industry. What we are getting out of it is approvals up-front to move forward with our work what the agencies are getting out of it is preserved land, which is very valuable for the growth of endangered species here in the Valley."


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