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News Release

Public Comment Sought on South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan

June 1, 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) seeks public comment on a draft South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan (SSHCP) that balances the need for new urban growth with the need to conserve natural landscapes, aquatic resources, and native wildlife and plant species in Sacramento County. Developed by the county of Sacramento, city of Galt, city of Rancho Cordova, Sacramento County Water Agency, and the Southeast Connector Joint Powers Authority; the SSHCP will allow an expedited and more streamlined process for future SSHCP covered activity projects wishing to obtain permits or authorizations under multiple federal, state, and local environmental regulations in the plan area.

The SSHCP covers 28 native species—11 of which are federally or state listed as threatened or endangered. The plan area includes 317,656 acres within south Sacramento County, including the city of Galt and most of the city of Rancho Cordova. The draft SSHCP includes the establishment of a 36,282-acre interconnected, regional-scale preserve system that would be comprised of relatively large, contiguous blocks of natural land covers with high quality species habitat and aquatic resources.

This announcement is a formal Notice of Availability that opens a 90-day comment period on the draft SSHCP and the accompanying draft Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Impact Report that ends September 5, 2017. For information about related workshops, visit http://www.southsachcp.com.

Conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats is a shared responsibility that benefits threatened and endangered species and the American people. Federal and state agencies are actively working with local communities to engage conservation partners and the public to identify improved and innovative approaches to conservation and recovery.

The Federal Register notice and associated documents are available at: www.fws.gov/sacramento.

Comments can be sent by U.S. mail, email, or facsimile to:

Catherine Hack
County Environmental Coordinator
Department of Community Development, Planning, and Environmental Review
County of Sacramento
827 7th Street, Room 225
Sacramento, CA 95814
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