Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office
A Unit of the
Pacific Southwest Region
Ecological Services | California
August 2, 2019
Draft General Conservation Plan and Categorical Exclusion Released for Cultivation Activities in Santa Barbara County

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Robyn Gerstenslager,, 805-677-3380

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public comment on a draft General Conservation Plan and draft Categorical Exclusion for cultivation activities in Santa Barbara County, California.

The draft GCP is a comprehensive strategy to promote the long-term conservation of the Santa Barbara County distinct population segment of the California tiger salamander while allowing the Service to work more efficiently and effectively with landowners in the county and ensure their compliance under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The Service developed the GCP in accordance with the Endangered Species Act to provide a streamlined mechanism for proponents engaged in activities associated with cultivation activities, to meet statutory and regulatory requirements while promoting conservation of the Santa Barbara County distinct population segment of the California tiger salamander. The Service prepared the draft Categorical Exclusion in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act to evaluate the potential effects to the natural and human environment resulting from issuing permits under the GCP.

A Notice of Availability will publish in the Federal Register on August 5, opening a 30-day comment period that will close on September 4. A copy of the draft GCP and the draft categorical exclusion screening form is available online at

Comments may be submitted by mail to Stephen P. Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, 2493 Portola Rd, Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003 or by email to

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