Event Date/Time: Jan 31, 2006
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Resource managers are often required to assess potential impacts of projects on natural habitats and to develop management plans. The Habitat Evaluation Procedures (HEP) are a tested and proven approach to evaluating wildlife habitat quality, developing wildlife habitat management plans, assessing potential impacts of projects to wildlife, and developing ways to compensate for wildlife habitat losses associated with project impacts. Since 1980, HEP has been used to assess wildlife impacts on both large scale and small scale projects in nearly every state and several Canadian provinces. HEP is the tool of choice for a habitat assessment that is consistent, quantitative, and applicable in a variety of situations. Current and recent HEP projects include uses in power-line corridors assessment in the Northeast, reservoir projects evaluation on the Atlantic coast, assessing past impacts in the Columbia Basin, Coal Mining Effects on Benthic Systems in West Virginia, and the costs to wildlife of upgrading locks and dams on the Mississippi River