Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public comment on habitat conservation plan for former Fort Ord in Monterey County

November 1, 2019

Contact(s):

Pamela Bierce, pamela_bierce@fws.gov, 916-414-6542



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public comment on a draft habitat conservation plan and environmental impact statement for the former Fort Ord military base in Monterey County. The draft plan balances the need for local economic growth through residential, commercial and recreational development while ensuring the long-term survival of rare plants and animals and their habitat. The Service will accept written comments until December 16, 2019.

The Service is working with local governments and land managers represented by the Fort Ord Reuse Authority to streamline the permitting process for future development projects and to ensure threatened and endangered species are conserved. The draft plan describes measures that offset the effects of future commercial, residential and recreational development to ensure the conservation and protection of the California tiger salamander, California red-legged frog, western snowy plover, Monterey spineflower, Smith’s blue butterfly, Monterey gilia, Yadon’s piperia and seaside bird’s beak.

A notice of availability published in the Federal Register today, opening a 45-day public comment period. The Service will consider comments from all interested parties received by December 16, 2019. Information on how to submit comments is available at www.federalregister.gov by searching under docket number FWS–R8–ES–2019–N064.

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 fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats.

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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 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.