Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
Public Invited to Attend Workshops on Habitat Conservation Plan Proposed for San Francisco Bay Area
Proposed Plan will Offset Impact to 32 Threatened and Endangered Species

May 11, 2017

Contact(s):

Veronica Davison, 916-414-6671, veronica_davison@fws.gov

 



SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is hosting two workshops and seeking public comment on the Draft Bay Area Habitat Conservation Plan Operations and Maintenance (HCP) prepared by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).  The workshops will take place June 12, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Solano Land Trust’s Rush Ranch Nature Center, 3521 Grizzly Island Road, Suisun City, CA 94585 and June 19, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Service’s Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 2 Marshlands Road, Fremont, CA 94555.

March 24, 2017, the Service published a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register, opening a 30-day public comment period on the draft environmental assessment and HCP. To provide the public additional time to comment on the draft HCP, the Service is hosting two workshops and extending the public comment period on the draft HCP to June 23, 2017.  Written comments on the draft HCP will be accepted at the workshops or can be sent by mail or in person to the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Suite W-2605, Sacramento, CA 95825; or by facsimile 916-414-6713 attention: Conservation Planning Division.

PG&E requested a 30-year incidental take permit and submitted a draft HCP, proposing strategies to avoid, minimize, and offset potential direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of PG&E’s operations, maintenance, and minor new construction activities on 32 species federally listed as threatened or endangered.  The proposed activities will be located in portions of California’s Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma Counties.  PG&E’s facilities within the nine Bay Area Counties occur on approximately 402,440 acres; approximately 129,000 acres of these facilities are within potential habitat for one or more of the 32 federally listed species covered by the HCP.  PG&E facilities within these 129,000 acres could result in the permanent loss of approximately 740 acres and temporary disturbance to approximately 7,200 acres of species habitat over the proposed 30-year permit term.

Habitat conservation plans ensure there is adequate minimizing and mitigating of the effects non-federal activities have on threatened and endangered species, as required under Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act.  The Service regularly engages conservation partners, the public, landowners, government agencies, and other stakeholders in our ongoing effort to identify innovative strategies for conserving and recovering species at risk.  Habitat conservation plans provide a roadmap for species recovery that is essential to protecting ecosystems that benefit society as a whole.

Before including an address, phone number, or other personal identifying information in comments, the public should be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information—might be made publicly available at any time.

For more information about the species proposed for coverage by the HCP visit Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office’s website.

Comments can be sent via U.S. Mail or facsimile to:

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

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information about our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov/Sacramento. Connect with us via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.

 

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