The NCCP program began under the State's Natural Community Conservation Planning Act of 1991 (PDF).
Guidelines were developed to supplement the NCCP Act, including the
Amendments were added to the Act in 1996 and 2000. It was then superseded by the NCCP Act of 2003 (PDF), which was subsequently amended in 2003, 2011 and 2012, the current version of the NCCP Act.
*The 4(d) rule (PDF) was issued to authorize take of the gnatcatcher if it was covered in an NCCP (approved or in preparation).
For details on the early history of the NCCP program, we recommend the following:
Habitat Conservation Planning Branch
1416 Ninth Street, 12th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814