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News Release

Habitat Conservation Plan Proposed for Small Subdivision in Sonoma County, California

Plan to Help Offset Impacts to Threatened and Endangered Species

June 17, 2015

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

Sacramento - The U. S. Fish and Wildlife (Service) today released a proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP) for the construction of a small residential development including three residences, supporting infrastructure, and access driveways within a 13.31-acre site in Sonoma County, California. The HCP outlines strategies to avoid, minimize, and offset impacts to the federally listed endangered California tiger salamander and threatened California red-legged frog.

With the proposed HCP, a permit is sought for the project's permanent impacts to 1.54 acres of California tiger salamander and California red-legged frog upland habitat.

To offset the project's impacts to California tiger salamander and California red-legged frog, the applicant has proposed a series of avoidance and minimization measures during construction. The applicant would also purchase credits at a Service-approved conservation-bank to permanently protect 1.54 acres of California tiger salamander and 1.54 acres of California red-legged frog habitat.

This announcement opens a 30-day comment period on the proposed HCP that will close July 17, 2015. 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:

Vincent Griego, Coast Bay Division
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office
2800 Cottage Way, Room W-2605
Sacramento, California 95825
Fax: (916) 414-6713

America's fish, wildlife, and plant resources belong to all of us, and ensuring the health of imperiled species a shared responsibility. The Service is working to actively engage conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and recover imperiled species.

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Last updated: December 1, 2017