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North Florida Field Office

News Release

For Immediate Release
Date: February 25, 2005
Release #:001-05
Media Contact: Chuck Underwood, 904/731-3332

Revised Habitat Conservation Plan and Environmental
Assessment for Incidental Take Permit Renewal Application
for Volusia County, Florida

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Regional Office, announced today the availability of a revised habitat conservation plan (HCP) and environmental assessment (EA) for Volusia County 's request to renew and amend its incidental take permit, TE811813 (ITP).

The original ITP was first issued November 22, 1996 , and currently authorizes take of five species of sea turtle due to vehicular access to County beaches, and activities related to vehicular access to beaches in Volusia County , Florida .

Through its revised HCP and renewal application, Volusia County has requested amendments to add incidental take authority for wintering piping plover, to adjust boundaries of areas open to beach driving, and to modify its existing mitigation plan.

The renewal would extend the term of the permit to 25 years.

Written public comment on the revised HCP, the associated EA and the renewal application will be accepted through April 26, 2005 (COMMENT PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED) and may be forwarded via any of the methods outlined below.

Electronic copies of the application, revised habitat conservation plan, and environmental assessment, may be requested in writing by e-mail to david_dell@fws.gov; by facsimile to 404/679-7081; or by regular mail to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Regional Office, Attn David Dell, 1875 Century Blvd., Atlanta. , GA 30345 .

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses more than 542 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

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