The draft plan describes measures that avoid or offset the effects of future residential and commercial development, existing facility operation and maintenance, and infrastructure improvement projects in Los Osos. These approaches will help conserve and protect the federally endangered Morro shoulderband snail, Morro Bay kangaroo rat and Indian Knob mountainbalm and the federally threatened Morro manzanita. The document also outlines a community wildfire protection plan and establishment of a preserve for the long-term protection and management of federally protected species.The draft plan was prepared by San Luis Obispo County to support its application for an incidental take permit. Habitat conservation plans are a necessary part of an application for an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act
A notice of availability will publish in the Federal Register on Oct. 2, opening a 45-day public comment period on the draft habitat conservation plan and associated environmental assessment. The Service will consider comments from all interested parties received by Nov. 18, 2019.Working with others is essential to protecting ecosystems that benefit society as a whole. 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 protected wildlife, plants, and their habitats.