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News Release

Workshop to be held on Santa Rosa Plain Recovery Plan January 20, 2015

January 7, 2015

Media Contact:
Robert Moler, (916)414-6606, robert_moler@fws.gov

Sacramento - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is hosting a workshop and seeking public participation to finalize the Santa Rosa Plain Recovery Plan. The workshop will take place January 20, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Santa Rosa City Utilities Field Operations (UFO) Training Center, 35 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa, California. 95401.

On December 11, 2014 the Service published the Draft Santa Rosa Plain Recovery Plan for the endangered Sonoma County Distinct Population Segment of the California tiger salamander and three endangered plants: Sonoma sunshine, Burke’s goldfields, and Sebastopol meadowfoam. The draft plan and additional information can be found at http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/outreach/2014/12-11/.

Written comments on the draft recovery plan will be accepted at the workshop and can be sent by mail or in person to the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Suite W-2605, Sacramento, CA 95825; Attention: Recovery Planning Division, FWS-R8-ES-2014-N225. The deadline for comments is February 9, 2015.

The Santa Rosa Plain is located in central Sonoma County where the native habitat is characterized by seasonal wetlands and associated grasslands that support a variety of flora and fauna. The species covered by the draft recovery plan all have naturally limited geographic ranges and are constrained because they occupy rare habitat within that range. The listed plants covered by the recovery plan grow only in these seasonal wetlands. The Sonoma County California tiger salamander uses these wetlands during the breeding season and lives in the surrounding areas year-round.

The primary threat to these species is modification and destruction of suitable habitat due to urbanization, agricultural conversion, competition with non-native plants, and climate change. The recovery plan focuses on preserving remaining habitat and reducing fragmentation and buffering against encroaching development. The Service currently estimates the total incremental economic effect of this recovery plan at $463 million over the next fifty years. The actions outlined in the recovery plan are voluntary. The Service is committed to working with people for the conservation and recovery of these imperiled species.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to this meeting for all participants. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, close captioning, or other accommodation needs to Robert Moler, (916)414-6606, robert_moler@fws.gov, TTY 800-877-8339.

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Last updated: December 1, 2017