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Floodplains and Wildlife Conservation

This website educates communities about opportunities for reducing flood risk and lowering community flood insurance premiums while enjoying the benefits of naturally functioning floodplains, such as the conservation of habitat essential for threatened and endangered species.

While this website focuses on National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) communities, the tools and resources here apply broadly to land use and community planners, conservation and parks departments, elected officials, planning commission members, non-profits, and conservation organizations. The information, tools, and links provided on this website may assist the above entities in determining ways to incorporate species and habitat conservation into floodplain management strategies and decisions. Specifically, the information provided on this site will help NFIP participating communities and project proponents: 

  • Learn about the benefits of protecting natural floodplain functions, including conservation of threatened and endangered species;
  • Identify where threatened and endangered species and critical habitat are located and learn more about those species and habitats;
  • Learn how NFIP participating communities can incorporate conservation activities and threatened and endangered species considerations into their floodplain management decisions;
  • Learn how communities can earn lower NFIP flood insurance premiums by engaging in habitat and species conservation credited by the Community Rating System (CRS); and
  • Read about how other communities are taking action to conserve species and their habitat.

Explore additional NFIP/ESA content by visiting the pages below:

Benefits of Natural Floodplains

Benefits of Conserving Endangered Species

Reduce Insurance Costs and Conserve Species

What Should I Consider if I Choose To Develop in the Floodplain?

Please send any recommendations to improve this webpage to Bret.Gates@FEMA.DHS.GOV

Last Updated: 
11/01/2018 - 14:32