Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Public Meetings Set For Draft Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan

Feb 03, 2011

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office
2800 Cottage Way, Room W-2605
Sacramento, CA 95825 
Phone: 916/414-6600
Fax: 916/414-6713
http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2011

Contact: Sarah Swenty, 916-414-6571or sarah_swenty@fws.gov 

Public Meetings to be held for the Draft Santa Clara Valley
Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan

Two public meetings will be held on the recently released Public Draft Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan (Plan) this month, on February 9 and 15.  The meetings will review all Plan related documents and provide opportunities for public comment and questions about the Plan. If successfully implemented, the plan could provide great benefit to the people, plants and animals of the county.  The 120-day public comment period began on December 17, 2010, and will close on April 18, 2011.   

The Plan will identify and preserve land that provides important habitat for species covered by the Plan, including endangered and threatened species.  The Applicants propose to permanently protect, manage, and monitor approximately 58,000 acres of high quality habitat in the Plan’s Reserve System.  Covered Activities proposed in the Plan would result in the permanent loss of up to 25,864 acres.  Effects resulting from Covered Activities would be offset with a conservation strategy consisting of avoidance, minimization, mitigation, and recovery actions.  This is consistent with the federal and state Endangered Species Acts that allow local agencies to approve projects in endangered species’ habitats in exchange for developing a conservation strategy that will both mitigate project impacts and contribute to species recovery.  Once the plan is approved, obtaining project permits will be streamlined.

The first public meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, El Toro Room, located at 17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, California. 

A second public meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Peninsula Conservation Center, Raptor Room, located at 3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, California. 

The public meetings will discuss the Draft Plan, Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS), and Draft Implementing Agreement (IA).Electronic files of the Draft Plan, EIR/EIS, and IA are available at http://www.scv-habitatplan.org/www/default.aspx, the Federal Register notice at: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/
pdf/2010-31425.pdf.  Hard copies of these documents are available for review at the Service’s Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office and the seven area libraries listed in the Federal Register notice.

In addition to attending and commenting at these two public meetings, the public may also mail comments to Cori Mustin, Senior Fish and Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, 2800 Cottage Way, W-2605, Sacramento, California 95825; FAX (916) 414-6713; or email R8SCVHPcomments@fws.gov.  Comments must be received no later than April 18, 2011, the close of the public comment period.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

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