U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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News Release

Service Releases Final Habitat Conservation Plan San Francisco Bay Area

Plan Benefits PG&E Customers and 32 Threatened and Endangered Species

November 22, 2017

Media Contact:
Veronica Davison, External Affairs, Phone: (916) 491-0374, Email: veronica_davison@fws.gov

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has issued Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) an Endangered Species Act Section 10(a)(1)(B) incidental take permit for the company’s Bay Area Habitat Conservation Plan Operations and Maintenance (HCP). The HCP includes strategies to avoid, minimize, and offset potential direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of PG&E’s operations, maintenance, and minor new construction activities on 32 species federally listed as threatened or endangered. The proposed activities will be located within an approximately 402,440 acre plan area in portions of California’s Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma Counties.

Most residents will not be directly affected by the proposed habitat conservation plan because covered activities are part of existing and ongoing programs. The habitat conservation plan and incidental take permit issued by the Service will enable PG&E to implement and complete projects more quickly under a landscape‐scale habitat conservation plan as opposed to the previous project‐by‐project consultation PG&E and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service once operated under. A secondary benefit to residents is the increase in some passive recreation opportunities in the Bay Area. As mitigation lands are protected for the covered species, some of these lands will incorporate passive recreation (e.g., hiking and bird watching) where they are compatible with species protection.

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.

The final HCP, environmental assessment, the Service’s responses to the comments submitted during the open comment period, and related documents are available on the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office website.

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

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Last updated: November 22, 2017