News Release

Habitat Conservation Plan Proposed for Single Residence in Santa Clara County

April 20, 2012

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

Sacramento --The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is requesting public comments on a proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP) for the construction of a single family residence in Santa Clara County, California to offset the project’s effects to the Bay Checkerspot butterfly (butterfly) and Santa Clara Valley Dudleya (dudleya).

Mr. Hoa Cam Tieu is proposing to build the residence on an undeveloped portion of a 9.69 acre parcel that he owns in Calero Lake Estates. He has requested a permit for any indirect effects the project may have on the federally-listed butterfly and dudleya that inhabit the project site’s 1.4 acres of serpentine and non-serpentine grassland. Mr. Tieu has proposed a series of conservation measures that would be implemented during and after construction to avoid effects to the species.

The Federal Register notice, draft HCP and draft Environmental Action Statement are available for review at: http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/

This announcement opens a 30-day comment period on Mr. Tieu’s proposed HCP that will end May 21, 2012. Comments can be submitted by mail or facsimile:

Mike Thomas, Chief, Conservation Planning Branch
Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office
2800 Cottage Way, Room W-2605
Sacramento, California 95825
Fax: 916-414-6713.

The Service is seeking information specifically on the HCP and the preliminary determination that the plan qualifies as a “low-effect” habitat conservation plan. If implemented, Mr. Tieu’s proposed HCP would permanently protect habitat for the butterfly and dudleya. Other conservation measures in the proposed HCP include installation of exclusion fencing, control of non-native plants, re-establishment of salvaged plant species, fence repairs, and a detailed monitoring plan.

America’s fish, wildlife, and plant resources belong to all of us, and ensuring the health of imperiled species a shared responsibility. We’re working to actively engage conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and recover imperiled species.