Endangered Species
Mountain-Prairie Region
Other Conservation Actions

SPECIAL RULETrout Creek_Photo by Craig Hansen

The Endangered Species Act prohibits take of listed species, but allows for exceptions.  A 4(d) rule can be prepared for threatened species that identifies these exceptions and the circumstances in which they apply.  A 4(d) rule for the PMJM was adopted in May 2001 for a three year trial period. This rule was developed to allow take of PMJM for certain activities which are considered to result in negligible or insignificant take are addressed in this rule.

 

HABITAT CONSERVATION PLANS

Private landowners, corporations, state or local governments, or other non-Federal landowners who wish to conduct activities on their land that might incidentally harm (or "take") Preble's meadow jumping mouse must first obtain an incidental take permit from the Service.  To obtain a permit, the applicant must develop a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), designed to ensure there is adequate minimizing and mitigating of the effects the proposed activity might have to PMJM or PMJM habitat.  This process allows development to proceed legally that would otherwise result in the illegal tale of PMJM, while promoting PMJM conservation on private (non-Federal) lands.  In general, HCPs are required by the Service when permanent or temporary disturbance to habitat occurs within 300 feet of 100 year floodplain of any drainages or sub drainages in the PMJM range.  HCPs for PMJM have been approved by the Service for private residences, large-scale commercial and residential developments, natural resource management, and multiple-use trails.  Currently the Service is working with Front Range county planning and open space departments to develop regional HCPs which would address multiple planning objectives.

 

 

APPROVED HCPs AND ISSUED INCIDENTAL TAKE PERMITS (TO DATE):

 

Maytag Trail

Douglas County

Multiple-use Trail

Leonard Property

Boulder County

Private Residence

Harding Property

Douglas County

Private Residence

Heir-Gannon (Brookside Business Center)

Douglas County

Business and Office Center

Strawberry Tierra (Lincoln Meadows)

Douglas County

Retail Development

Dahle Property

El Paso County

Private Residence

Lefever Property

El Paso County

Private Residence

Continental Homes (Piney Glen)

Douglas County

Residential Subdivision

Denver Water

Boulder, Denver, Jefferson Counties

Operations and Maintenance Activities

Briargate

El Paso County

Residential and Commercial Development

Mayhoffer/Singletree Trail

Boulder County

Multiple-use Trail

 

 

COUNTIES WORKING ON REGIONAL HCPs:

   

Boulder

Douglas

El Paso

 

 

DITCH MAINTENANCE GUIDELINES

The Service has developed Ditch Maintenance Guidelines to assist water districts in Colorado in maintaining ditches in a manner that least impacts the Preble's meadow jumping mouse.  These guidelines incorporate Best Management Practices as standards to undertake during ditch maintenance activities to reduce possible impacts to the species.

 

 

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY

The Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado has developed a management plan to improve and maintain habitat on Academy lands for PMJM.

 

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY CONSERVATION PLAN
Final Programmatic Biological Opinion

Final PMJM Conservation Agreement

Conservation and Management Plan for PMJM on the USAF

 

 

CONSERVATION BANK

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Service signed an agreement on April 17, 2003, that allows CDOT to restore and preserve approximately 25 acres of PMJM habitat in Castle Rock, Colorado.  This acreage may be used to compensate for impacts to PMJM habitat due to highway projects within the identified service area.  Habitat was restored by installing a series of check structures within East Plum Creek to raise ground water levels lowered by upstream development and subsequent erosion and down-cutting.  This is the first Conservation Bank established for PMJM, and for any species in the Mountain-Prairie Region.

 

Appendix A - General Location Map

Appendix D - Baseline Report

Appendix G - Table of Credits

Appendix B - Legal Descriptions

Appendix E - Title Report

Appendix H - Conservation Credit

Appendix C - Service Area

Appendix F - Bank Management Plan

East Plum Creek Conservation Bank Agreement

Last updated: May 17, 2013