News Release

Habitat Conservation Plan Proposed for the Shiloh IV Wind Plant Project

Plan Is Designed to Help Offset Impacts on California Tiger Salamanders

January 10, 2012

Media Contacts:
Robert Moler, robert_moler@fws.gov, (916) 414-6606
Sarah Swenty, sarah_swenty@fws.gov, (916) 414-6571

Sacramento, Calif., January 10, 2012 - The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking public comments for a proposed Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that will protect 39 acres of habitat for the federally listed California tiger salamander as part of the construction and operation of the Shiloh IV Wind Plant. The purpose of the HCP is to offset the project’s possible impacts to the threatened central distinct population segment of the species.

The applicant, enXco, proposes to develop its wind energy facility within an approximately 3,100 acre project area in the Collinsville–Montezuma Hills Wind Resources Area, south of State Route 12 in Solano County, California (Plan Area).  The project would deliver renewable energy to the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)/California Independent System Operator (CAISO) power grid.  Up to 50 wind turbines are proposed to be built in the Plan Area. 

The project is expected to result in permanent loss of 25 acres of California tiger salamander dispersal habitat and the temporary loss of 130 acres of dispersal habitat (115 acres during construction and up to 15 acres for maintenance activities) that would be restored within 1 year of impact. The proposed Shiloh IV Wind Plant Project HCP would protect approximately 39 acres of California tiger salamander habitat at a conservation bank approved by the Service and California Department of Fish and Game. 

The Notice of Availability (NOA) of the proposed HCP for the Shiloh IV Wind Plant Project provides an opportunity for the public to comment. The Federal Register notice is available at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fedreg/frcont11.html; reference number: FWS-R8-ES-2011-N265.
The draft HCP and draft Environmental Assessment (EA) are available at:  http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/  

Comments concerning the draft EA and draft HCP can be submitted through March 10, 2012 to:
Mike Thomas, Chief, Conservation Planning Division, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office
2800 Cottage Way, Room W-2605
Sacramento, CA 95825
Email: mike_thomas@fws.gov,
Fax: 916-414-6713.

The Endangered Species Act provides a critical safety net for America’s native fish, wildlife and plants. This landmark conservation law has prevented the extinction of hundreds of imperiled species across the nation and promoted the recovery of many others.