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Habitat Conservation Planning
Arcata Fish & Wildlife Office, Endangered Species Program

 

 

Habitat Conservation Planning (HCP)

In the 1982 amendments to the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Congress established a mechanism under section 10(a)(1)(B) authorizing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)and NOAA Fisheries Service (NOAA) (together referred to as Services)to issue to non-Federal entities a permit for the "incidental take" of endangered and threatened wildlife species. This permit allows a non-Federal landowner to proceed with an activity that is legal in all other respects, but results in the "incidental" taking of a listed species. The ESA defines incidental take as "incidental to, and not the purpose of, the carrying out of an otherwise lawful activity."

A habitat conservation plan, or HCP, must accompany an application for an incidental take permit. The purpose of the HCP is to ensure that the effects of the permitted action on listed species are adequately minimized and mitigated. The permit authorizes the incidental take, not the activity that results in take. The activity itself must comply with other applicable laws and regulations.

For more information on HCPs - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Plans Overview

Currently published in the Federal Register, May 3-June 1

Green Diamond Resource Company's Forest HCP and Final EIS.

The Green Diamond Resource Company of Korbel, California (Applicant), has applied with the Forest HCP to the US Fish and Wildlife Service for the issuance of an incidental take permit under the ESA and issuance of a Migratory Bird Scientific Collecting Permit under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The incidental take covered species includes the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina), the fisher (Pekania pennanti), red tree vole (Arborimus longicaudus), and Sonoma vole (Arborimus pomo). Additionally, to determine whether the removal of barred owls can be scaled up to the Plan Area level for the benefit of northern spotted owls, a Migratory Bird Scientific Collecting Permit for barred owl will be issued. The HCP covers forest management, species management, and monitoring activity on approximately 360,000 acres of commercial timberland in Humboldt and Del Norte counties, California. Through public comments provided on the draft, we revised the final EIS for the Green Diamond Resource Company's Forest HCP.

EIS for the Green Diamond FHCP

EIS for the Green Diamond FHCP Appendices

Received Public Comments

The US Fish and Wildlife Service will be responding to the received public comments and publishing these in the Federal Register in the upcoming months.

CDFW DEIS Comments

CDFW Attachment 1

City of Arcata DEIS Comments

City of Arcata Attachment 1

Doug Smith DEIS Comments

Doug Smith DEIS Comments A

EPA DEIS Comments

EPA Attachment 1

EPIC DEIS Comments

EPIC Attachment 1

EPIC Attachment 2

EPIC Attachment 3

EPIC Attachment 4

EPIC Attachment 5

EPIC Attachment 6

EPIC Attachment 7

EPIC Attachment 8

EPIC Attachment 9

Friends of Animals DEIS Comments

Friends of Animal Attachment 1

GDRCo DEIS Comments

GDRCo Attatchment 1

Hoffman DEIS Comments

Jean Public DEIS Comments

Jean Public Attachment 1

Accompanying Documents

Green Diamond Resource Company Forest HCP

GDRC FHCP

Green Diamond Resource Company NSO HCP

1992 NSO HCP (Simpson 1992)

1992 NSO HCP(Simpson 1992) maps

2006 NSO HCP Amendments Main Text

2006 NSO HCP Amendments Appendix A Comprehensive Review

2006 NSO HCP Amendments Appendix B IA

Phase 1 Comprehensive Review Exhibit A 2006

Ten-Year Report GDRCo NSO HCP 2010

Green Diamond Resource Company 2007 AHCP CCAA

2007 AHCP CCAA

2007 AHCP CCAA Appendices

2007 AHCP CCAA Maps

Green Diamond Resource Company Additional Documents

Master Agreement for Timber Operations 2010

Waste Discharge Requirements for GDRCo Forest Management Activities R1-2012-0087

Waste Discharge Requirements for GDRCo Road Management and Maintenance R1-2010-0044

CFPRs Protection of Archaeological Historical and Cultural Sites 2008

State Office of Historic Preservation Instructions for Recording Historical Resources 1995

Finalized

- Green Diamond Resource Company California Timberlands (formerly Simpson Timber Company) Northern Spotted Owl HCP

HCP Permit #767798 was issued on September 17, 1992, covering 380,000 acres in Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity Counties, California, to be used for forest management activities. The threatened northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) is covered under the incidental take permit for a period of 30 years.

- Regli Estates HCP

HCP Permit #803749 was issued on August 30, 1995, covering 500 acres in Humboldt County, California, to be used for forest management activities. Two threatened species, the marbled murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) and northern spotted owl, as well as two non-listed species, the bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and American peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus anatum) , are covered under the incidental take permit for a period of 20 years.

- Terra Springs LLC Low Effect HCP

HCP Permit #TE065890-0 was issued on March 3, 2004, covering 76 acres of second-growth Douglas-fir in Napa County, California, to be used for forest management and agricultural activities. The threatened northern spotted owl is covered under the incidental take permit for a period of 30 years.

- AT&T – Point Arena Mountain Beaver Low Effect HCP

HCP Permit #TE063833-0 was issued on October 28, 2002, covering 11.2 acres of coastal scrub in Mendocino County, California, to be used for utility and infrastructure activities. The endangered Point Arena Mountain beaver (Aplodontia rufa nigra) is covered under the incidental take permit for a period of 10 years.

- Pacific Lumber Company HCP

HCP Permit #TE828950-0 was issued on March 1, 1999, covering 211,700 acres in Humboldt County, California, to be used for forest management activities, mining or other extraction. The following three threatened and nine non-listed species are covered under the incidental take permit for a period of 50 years.

Threatened species:

    • Marbled murrelet
    • Northern spotted owl
    • Western snowy plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus)

Candidate species:

    • Pacific fisher (Martes pennanti pacifica)

Non-listed species:

    • Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
    • American peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus anatum
    • Foothill yellow-legged frog (Rana boylii)
    • Northern red-legged frog (Rana aurora aurora)
    • Tailed frog (Ascaphus truei)
    • Southern torrent salamander (Rhyacotriton variegatus)
    • Northwestern pond turtle (Actinemys marmorata marmorata)
    • California red tree vole (Aborimus longicaudus)

- Fisher Family HCP

HCP Permit #TE170629-0 was issued on December 3, 2007, covering 24 acres of coastal scrub used for non-commercial activities in Mendocino County, California. Two endangered species, Behren’s silverspot butterfly (Speyeria zerene behrensii) and Point Arena mountain beaver are covered under the incidental take permit for a period of 50 years.

 

 

Safe Harbor Agreements (SHA)

Safe Harbor Agreements are voluntary arrangements between the Services and cooperating non-Federal landowners. This policy’s main purpose is to promote voluntary management that benefits listed species on non-Federal property while giving assurances to participating landowners that no additional future regulatory restrictions will be imposed.

Following development of a SHA, the Services will issue an “enhancement of survival” permit that authorizes any necessary future incidental take and provide participating landowners with assurances that no additional restrictions will be imposed as a result of their conservation actions.

For more information on SHAs - http://www.fws.gov/endangered/pdfs/harborqa .pdf


Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office SHA

1. Forster Gill, Inc. SHA

SHA Permit #TE057898-0 was issued on June 18, 2002, covering 236 acres of second-growth redwood in Humboldt County, California, to be used for forest management activities. The threatened northern spotted owl is covered under the incidental take permit for a period of 80 years.

 

 

Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (CCAA)

 What is a candidate species?

Candidate species are plants and animals for which the Services have sufficient information on their biological status and threats to propose them as endangered or threatened under the ESA, but for which development of a proposed listing regulation is precluded by other higher priority listing activities. NOAA, who has jurisdiction over most marine species, defines candidate species more broadly to include species whose status is of concern but more information is needed before they can be proposed for listing.

What are Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances?

CCAAs are formal agreements between the Services and one or more parties to address the conservation needs of proposed or candidate species, or species likely to become candidates, before they become listed as endangered or threatened. The participants voluntarily commit to implementing specific actions that will remove or reduce the threats to these species, thereby contributing to stabilizing or restoring the species so that listing is no longer necessary. The Services provide assurance that no additional future regulatory restrictions will be imposed should the species become listed. The Service has entered into many CCAAs over the years, primarily with other Federal agencies, State and local agencies, and conservation organizations, such as The Nature Conservancy. Some of these have successfully removed threats and listing was avoided.

For more information on CCAAs - https://www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/cca.html#ccaa

Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office CCAA

1. Green Diamond Resource Company (formerly known as Simpson Timber Company) Aquatic CCAA

CCAA Permit #TE156839-0 was issued June 12, 2007, covering 417,000 acres to be used for forest management activities in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, California. Four unlisted species are covered by this permit for 50 years.

Unlisted species

    • Southern torrent salamander (Rhyacotriton variegatus)
    • Coastal cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki clarki)
    • Tailed frog (Ascaphus truei)
    • Resident rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss irideus)

Last updated: April 16, 2015