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News Release

Habitat Conservation Plan Proposed for the California Red-Legged Frog, Bradley Jacobs, Level 1 New Vineyard, Turkey Road, Sonoma County, California

Plan to Help Offset Impacts to Threatened and Endangered Species

April 4, 2014

Media Contacts:
Sarah Swenty, 530-665-3310 sarah_swenty@fws.gov

Sacramento, CA – The U. S. Fish and Wildlife (Service) today has released a proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP) for the construction of a residential/agricultural development including the construction of an approximately 3,500 square foot house, a 1,800 square foot agricultural building, and the planting of a 4.5-acre vineyard within a 8.5-acre site in Sonoma County, California. The HCP outlines strategies to avoid, minimize, and offset impacts to the federally threatened California red-legged frog.

With the proposed HCP, Bradley Jacobs seeks a permit for the project’s permanent impacts to 0.25 acre, temporary impacts to 0.15 acre, and planting of 4.5 acres of upland habitat for California red-legged frog. To offset the project’s impacts to California red-legged frog, Bradley Jacobs has proposed a series of on-site avoidance and minimization measures, including management of an on-site pond to benefit California red-legged frogs, and would purchase credits at an approved conservation-bank to permanently protect 0.75 acre of California red-legged frog habitat.

This announcement opens a 30-day comment period on Bradley Jacob’s proposed HCP that will close May 5, 2014. The Federal Register notice, the draft HCP, and our environmental action statement are available at http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/.

The Service is requesting public comments on the proposed HCP and our preliminary determination that the plan qualifies as a “low-effect” habitat conservation plan. Comments concerning the proposed HCP can be sent by U.S. Mail or facsimile to:
Mike Thomas, Chief, Conservation Planning Branch
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office
2800 Cottage Way, Room W-2605
Sacramento, California 95825
Fax: (916) 414-6713

The California red-legged frog was listed as threatened in 1996. The California red-legged frog is the largest native frog in the western United States. It is endemic (native and restricted) to California and Baja California, Mexico, at elevations ranging from sea level to approximately 5,000 feet. The abdomen and hind legs of adult California red-legged frogs are largely red. The back has small black flecks and larger irregular dark blotches. The California red-legged frog requires both specific aquatic and upland components. Adults need dense, shrubby or emergent riparian vegetation closely associated with deep (greater than 2 1/3-foot deep) still or slow moving water. Well-vegetated terrestrial areas within the riparian corridor may provide important sheltering habitat during winter and small mammal burrows and moist leaf litter can provide refugia habitat during dry weather.

Habitat loss by agricultural and urban development is a continuing threat to the California red-legged frog.

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Last updated: December 1, 2017