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Arlington Field Office completes Formal Consultation at Whitney Lake, Texas
Southwest Region, February 14, 2006
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On February 14, 2006, the Arlington Field Office completed a formal consultation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding Johnson County‚Äôs reopening of Ham Creek Park at Lake Whitney, Texas.  A non-jeopardy biological opinion was issued for the 191-acre park, which is located at the northern portion of the approximately 20,000-acre in fee property surrounding Whitney Lake owned by USACE.  The park would be developed in conjunction with Johnson County for future recreational use with funding sponsored by Congressman Chet Edwards.  Golden-cheeked warblers are known to occur on the park property and surrounding areas although comprehensive surveys have not been conducted in recent years.  The Service hopes to continue coordination with the Corps in assisting with further surveys and possible establishment of Environmentally Sensitive Areas within the estimated 2,800 acres of Golden-cheeked warbler habitat at Whitney Lake.  It is believed that this largely undocumented habitat for golden-cheeked warblers could potentially further the recovery goal of this unit. 

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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