Habitat Conservation Plan proposed for Stanford University
To Cover California Tiger Salamander, California Red-Legged Frog, Central California Steelhead, and Western Pond Turtle
May 17, 2010
Al Donner (916) 414-6566
A proposed Habitat Conservation Plan (Plan) that would cover 8,180 acres of Stanford University lands has been released for public comment, with comments accepted through July 15, 2010.
A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Stanford University Tresidder Student Union Oak West Lounge, 459 Lagunita Drive, Stanford, CA.
The Notice of Availability (NOA) of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was published in the Federal Register (Register) on April 12 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with a corrected date of July 15, 2010 for the close of the comment period.
The 50-year plan proposes to cover four federally listed species protected under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA): the threatened California tiger salamander, California red-legged frog, San Francisco garter snake, and Central California Coast steelhead, plus one species not currently listed under federal law, the western pond turtle.
If the Plan is approved and permits are issued by the Service and NOAA, Stanford would be allowed to incidentally take individuals of the covered species associated with activities implemented under the Plan. In return the Plan will provide a comprehensive conservation and habitat plan for the species. It is intended to provide a coordinated process for permitting and mitigating impacts on the species as an alternative to a project-by-project approach.
The Plan would cover a variety of on-going activities by Stanford, including creek management, academic activities, utility and infrastructure work, recreation, commercial activities, and biological monitoring. It would also cover species impacts for up to 180 acres of development.
Under the Plan, Stanford would immediately set aside a 315-acre California Tiger Salamander Reserve and, within a year, be required to place conservation easements on 360 acres of riparian habitat in the Plan area.
The full draft Plan is available at http://hcp.stanford.edu/ . The Federal Register notice is available at: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-8300.pdf . The draft EIS is available at http://swr.nmfs.noaa.gov/nepa.htm#The_Draft_Environmental_Impact_Statement_(EIS)_
Comments concerning the draft EIS, Plan, and IA can be sent by U.S. Mail, facsimile or email until 5 p.m. Pacific Time on July 15, 2010 to: (1) Eric Tattersall, Chief, Conservation Planning and Recovery Division, Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Room W-2605, Sacramento, California 95825; facsimile 916-414-6713; or (2) Gary Stern, San Francisco Bay Region Supervisor at National Marine Fisheries Service, 777 Sonoma Avenue, Room 325, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 ; facsimile 707-578-3435; or (3) Stanford.HCP@noaa.gov. Include the document identifier: Stanford HCP.