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Hine's Emerald Dragonfly with DuPage County (Illinois) Forest Preserve District
Draft Safe Harbor Agreement for Voluntary Protection, Restoration, and Enhancement of Hine's Emerald Dragonfly Habitat within Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, Dupage County, Illinois
Below is the introduction to the the Safe Harbor Agreement. Go here to view the complete 20-page (PDF File) Draft Safe Harbor Agreement with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County for the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly.
I. INTRODUCTION This Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA) is made and entered into by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County (District) and the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service); hereinafter collectively called the “Parties.” It was prepared by the Parties to help facilitate conservation and recovery of the Hine’s emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana).
The Hine’s emerald dragonfly (HED) was listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in January 1995. A Recovery Plan for the species was published in September 2001.
Under Safe Harbor Agreements, participating property owners voluntarily undertake management activities on their property to enhance, restore, or maintain habitat benefiting species listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). Safe Harbor Agreements encourage private and other non-Federal property owners to implement conservation efforts for listed species by assuring property owners they will not be subjected to increased property use restrictions if their efforts attract listed species to their property or increase the numbers or distribution of listed species already on their property. Application requirements and issuance criteria for ESA Section 10(a)(1)(A) enhancement of survival permits based on Safe Harbor Agreements are found in 50 CFR 17.22(c).
Sections 2, 7, and 10 of the ESA, as amended, allows the Service to enter into this SHA. Section 2 of ESA states that encouraging interested parties, through Federal financial assistance and a system of incentives, to develop and maintain conservation programs is a key to safeguarding the Nation’s heritage in fish, wildlife, and plants. Section 7 of ESA requires the Service to review programs that it administers and to utilize such programs in furtherance of the purposes of ESA. By entering into this SHA, the Service is utilizing its Endangered Species and related programs to further the conservation of the Nation’s fish and wildlife resources. Section 10(a)(1) of ESA authorizes the Service to issue enhancement of survival permits for listed species.
The SHA serves as the basis for the Service to issue an Enhancement of Survival Permit (ESP) under ESA section 10(a)(1)(A) for the “take” of listed species associated with the future return of the property owners enrolled land to baseline conditions. The SHA implements the Service’s Safe Harbor Agreement final policy (FR 64:32717) and final regulations (FR 64:32706) as revised (FR 69:24084), in accordance with the procedural and substantive requirements of section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA.
Last updated: April 14, 2015