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Metropolitan Bakersfield Habitat Conservation Plan Trust Group

The Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) Trust Group meets at the County of Kern Administrative Center, Fourth Floor Conference Room, 1115 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, California.  The City agency administrator is appointed by the Bakersfield City Council.  The County agency administrator is appointed by the Kern County Board of Supervisors.   The California Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service mandatory advisors are appointed by the respective wildlife agencies. The public member mandatory advisor is appointed every two years, which appointment alternates between the City and the County.

Municipal Code Chapter 15.78 and Joint Powers Agreement #93-168

Management and implementation of the Metropolitan Habitat Conservation Plan; administration of the mitigation fee program; supervision of State and Federal grants; preservation land acquisition, habitat land restoration and enhancement; monitoring of plan identified species.

The San Joaquin Kit fox is a federally endangered and California threatened species that can be found throughout Bakersfield and has been found to use most areas within the urban environment. Section 9 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act) prohibits the “take” of any federally listed endangered species by any person (an individual, corporation, partnership, trust, association, etc.) subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. As defined in the Act, take means “…to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or attempt to engage in any such conduct.” Thus, not only is a listed animal protected from activities such as hunting, but also from actions that damage or destroy its habitat.

Any lawful development activity in the Metropolitan Bakersfield area in compliance with Metropolitan Bakersfield Habitat Conservation Plan is permitted for an incidental “take” of the San Joaquin Kit fox.

Urban Kit FoxesIn Bakersfield, the population of San Joaquin kit foxes has shown to be highly adaptable to the urban conditions. Kit foxes are able to use crawl spaces under commercial facilities and school portable units for denning, landscaped areas of parking lots, and open space associated with maintenance yards, low-density industrial and commercial areas, stormwater drainage basins, and railroad corridors. Although kit foxes are found less frequently in high-density residential areas, they may use edges of these developments for foraging and movement. Kit foxes in Bakersfield have also been found to den adjacent to major roads, using features of the road for den construction (e.g., culverts, road embankments, underpasses). Source: Thomas Roads Improvement Program: San Joaquin Kit Fox Effects Analysis, Mitigation Strategy, and Implementation Plan, March 2010.

Contact Martin Ortiz, Trust Administrative Officer at (661) 326-3786 for specific meeting information. 

Jacquelyn R. Kitchen, Planning Director
Martin Ortiz - Trust Administrative Officer     
Pamela Elisheva – Associate Planner      
Cecelia Griego – Associate Planner 

 MBHCP Trust Group; c/o City of Bakersfield Planning Department; 1715 Chester Avenue; Bakersfield, CA  93301 (661) 326-3733;