Notice of Availability of Proposed Amendment of Green Diamond Resource Company Habitat Conservation Plan and Associated Documents
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received an application, under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, from Green Diamond Resource Company (GDRCo) for a proposed low-effect amendment to their Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and Implementation Agreement (IA).
We invite public comment on the proposed amendment of the ITP, HCP, lA, and associated documents. To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by May 15, 2013.
The proposed amendment to the HCP and IA and the Draft Environmental Action Statement are available for review and comment. The original HCP, lA, and Final Envirorunental Impact Statement are available for review only. All documents are in pdf format.
We invite comment on the following documents:
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lou Ellyn Jones, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, at address above; by email at Louellyn _Jones@fws.gov; or by telephone at (360) 753-5822.
If approved, the GDRCo incidental take permit (ITP), as well as the HCP and lA, would be amended to increase the amount of lands covered under the ITP and HCP; some of the HCP management prescriptions would change, including those associated with marbled murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) habitat protection; and the IA would be amended to include a new clause and a new marbled murrelet habitat map. The amendment would change the management of GDRCo's added lands from prescriptions currently required under the standard Washington State Forest Practices Rules (FP Rules) and Forest Practices HCP (FP HCP) to those of the GDRCo HCP.