This is available only to members of NAHB – as you probably know, as a member of HBADE you are automatically a member of the National Association of Home Builders – 2 memberships for the price of one!
At the NAHB Board of Directors meeting 2 weeks ago, our association unveiled an important new member benefit for builders, developers and others who want to know more about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s plans to step up the “listing” process for endangered and threatened plants and animals under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Our interactive species finder map allows members to search by state and county to determine the status of the more than 1,400 species currently protected by the ESA as well as the status of 700 additional species whose listings are now in the planning stages.
The NAHB Environmental Issues Committee touts this new member benefit as an “early warning system” for builders who might want to reconsider how to develop a specific property or whether to even purchase it based on its likelihood of being designated as an endangered animal’s critical habitat. State and local home builders associations may also find it helpful to know what listings are in the works for their market areas so that they can begin putting resources together for comment letters and other tools to address proposed listings and habitat designations.
Importantly, the new map tool also includes a set of Frequently Asked Questions designed to explain how the ESA works and explain some of the related terminology. Check it out at www.nahb.org/speciesfinder.