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News Release

Service Receives Request to Extend Safe Harbor Agreement

Voluntary Conservation Helps Endangered Butterfly, Plants at Antioch Dunes

May 1, 2015

Public Comments on draft can be submitted through June 1, 2015

Media Contact:
Sarah Swenty, (530)665-3310, sarah_swenty@fws.gov

Sacramento - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) received an application from Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) for a 5-year extension of their existing Enhancement of Survival permit under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and is opening a 30 day comment period for the public to submit comments on the Safe Harbor Agreement.

The Safe Harbor Agreement is between PG&E and the Service for the conservation of the Lange’s metalmark butterfly, Antioch Dunes evening primrose, and Contra Costa wallflower. All three are listed as endangered species under the ESA. The agreement will cover two 6-acre parcels of mostly sandy dunes owned by PG&E. The two parcels lie on either side of the 14-acre Sardis Unit of the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge.

To view the Safe Harbor Agreement, or to submit comments on the agreement, please contact Rick Kuyper; 916-414-6600; Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office; 2800 Cottage Way, W-2605; Sacramento, CA 95825; or by fax 916-414-6713. Public comments on the draft SHA can be submitted through June 1, 2015.

The Lange’s metalmark is a reddish-orange butterfly with only a 1.5-inch wingspan. Its last known home is the refuge, which was established in 1980 specifically to protect the butterfly and two related rare plants, the Antioch Dunes evening primrose and Contra Costa wallflower.

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Last updated: December 1, 2017