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News Release

Habitat Conservation Plan Proposed for Yolo & Solano Counties

Proposed Plan will Offset Impact to 12 Plant & Animal Species

May 31, 2017

Media Contact:
Veronica Davison, External Affairs, Phone: (916) 414-6671, Email: veronica_davison@fws.gov

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces the Notice of Availability for the proposed Yolo Habitat Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation Plan (HCP) prepared by the Yolo Habitat Conservancy, Yolo County, and the cities of Davis, West Sacramento, Winters, and Woodland. The applicants requested a 50-year incidental take permit and submitted a draft HCP, proposing strategies to avoid, minimize, and offset potential direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of development, public service, agricultural, and conservation strategy implementation activities on 12 species—some of which are federally listed as threatened or endangered. The proposed activities will be located within a 654,723 acre plan area in Yolo County and on the south side of Putah Creek in Solano County.

Habitat conservation plans ensure there is adequate minimizing and mitigating of the effects non-federal activities have on threatened and endangered species, as required under Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act. The Service regularly engages conservation partners, the public, landowners, government agencies, and other stakeholders in our ongoing effort to identify innovative strategies for conserving and recovering species at risk. Habitat conservation plans provide a roadmap for species recovery that is essential to protecting ecosystems that benefit society as a whole.

This announcement opens a 90-day comment period on the draft Notice of Availability and the proposed HCP that will close August 30, 2017. The Federal Register Notice, draft HCP, draft environmental impact statement, and draft environmental impact report are available at www.fws.gov/sacramento. Public meetings will be held as follows: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Yolo County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 625 Court Street, Room 206, Woodland, CA 95695 and Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A Street, Davis, CA 95616.

Before including an address, phone number, or other personal identifying information in comments, the public should be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information—might be made publicly available at any time.

For more information about the species proposed for coverage by the HCP visit www.fws.gov/sacramento.

Comments can be sent via U.S. Mail or facsimile to:
Mike Thomas
Habitat Conservation Planning Division
Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office
2800 Cottage Way, Room W-2605
Sacramento, California 95825
Fax: 916-414-6713

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information about our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov/Sacramento. Connect with us via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.

Last updated: November 10, 2017