Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public comment on habitat conservation plan in San Luis Obispo County

October 2, 2019

Contact(s):

Ashley McConnell, Ashley_mcconnell@fws.gov, (805) 677-3301



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public comment on a draft habitat conservation plan that balances community development and wildfire protection with the conservation of rare plants and animals in San Luis Obispo County’s  Los Osos community.

The draft plan describes measures that avoid or offset the effects of future residential and commercial development, existing facility operation and maintenance, and infrastructure improvement projects in Los Osos. These approaches will help conserve and protect the federally endangered Morro shoulderband snail, Morro Bay kangaroo rat and Indian Knob mountainbalm and the federally threatened Morro manzanita. The document also outlines a community wildfire protection plan and establishment of a preserve for the long-term protection and management of federally protected species.

The draft plan was prepared by San Luis Obispo County to support its application for an incidental take permit. Habitat conservation plans are a necessary part of an application for an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act.

A notice of availability will publish in the Federal Register on Oct. 2, opening a 45-day public comment period on the draft habitat conservation plan and associated environmental assessment. The Service will consider comments from all interested parties received by Nov. 18, 2019. Information on how to submit comments is available at  www.federalregister.gov/ by searching under docket number FWS–R8–ES–2019–N077.

Working with others is essential to protecting ecosystems that benefit society as a whole. 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 protected wildlife, plants, and their habitats.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov/ventura. Connect with our Facebook page, follow our tweets, watch our YouTube Channel, and download photos from our Flickr page.

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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov/. Connect with our Facebook page, follow our tweets, watch our YouTube Channel and download photos from our Flickr page.