Stanford University's Habitat Conservation Plan Final Environmental Impact Statement Available for Public Review
November 21, 2012
Jim Milbury/NOAA Fisheries Service - 562-980-4006
Robert Moler/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 916-414-6606;
PALO ALTO, Calif. - NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the availability of a Final environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the issuance of incidental take permits (ITPs) associated with Stanford University's Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP).
Under the Endangered Species Act, private landowners, like Stanford University, may apply for a permit to take federally protected species while conducting otherwise legal activities on its land. To obtain an ITP, the applicant must develop an HCP that details actions to minimize impacts and specifies measures to offset the impacts of the proposed development.
The IPTs requested by Stanford University from the U.S. Fish an dWildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries will cover the taking of four federally listed species: the San Francisco garter snake, the California red-legged frog, the California tiger salamander and Central California Coast steelhead trout. One species, the western pond turtle, is not federally protected but is listed by California as a Species of Special Concern.
Some of the mitigation measures provided in Stanford's HCP will be to place permanent conservation easements on 270 acres of reparian habitat along San Grancisquito and Los Trancos Creeks along with 90 acres of reparian habitat along Matadero and Deer Creeks. In addition Stanford will establish a 315-acre California tiger salamander reserve while preserving and managing Lagunita Reservoir to benefit the listed slamander.
The issuance of an ITP may not occur until after public review of the FEIS and formal acceptance of the HCP and at least 30 days following today's published date.
"Take" is defined by the Endangered Species Act as to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect any threatened or endangered species.