Habitat Disturbances under the Texas Habitat Conservation Plan for the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard

This report details our discovery of habitat disturbances on dunes sagebrush lizard habitat enrolled under the Texas Habitat Conservation Plan. Our findings contradict the claims of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts that no surface disturbances have occurred under the Texas Plan through May 2013.

The report describes how we identified unreported habitat disturbance under the Texas Habitat Conservation Plan for the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard. It also offers lessons learned for other candidate species conservation agreements.
 

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