Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office
A Unit of the
Pacific Southwest Region
Ecological Services | California
September 9, 2020

Ashley McConnell,, 805-677-3301

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public comment on a draft habitat conservation plan and categorical exclusion for the City of Santa Cruz Operation and Maintenance project in Santa Cruz, California

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public comment on a draft Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and Categorical Exclusion (CatEx) for the City of Santa Cruz Operation and Maintenance project. The draft plans include measures to mitigate and minimize impacts on the federally listed Mount Hermon June beetle, Ohlone tiger beetle, California red-legged frog, tidewater goby, robust spineflower, Santa Cruz tarplant, and Ben Lomond spineflower.

The draft plan outlines strategies to avoid, minimize, and mitigate impacts of six wildlife species and four plant species (indicated in the table below), from activities related to the operation and maintenance of the City’s water supply, water system facilities, and municipal facilities and management of City lands.

A notice of availability will publish in the Federal Register tomorrow, opening a 30-day public comment period. The Service will consider comments from all interested parties received by October 13, 2020. Information on how to submit comments is available at by searching under docket number FWS–R8–ES–2020–N021.

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 fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats.

List of Species Found in this Area
 Common Name Scientific Name   Federal Status  State Status
 Invertebrates (2)      
 Ohlone tiger beetle  Cicindela ohlone  Endangered     -
 Mount Hermon June beetle  Polyphylla barbata  Endangered     -
 Fish (2)      
 Tidewater goby  Eucyclogobius newberryi  Endangered     -
 Pacific lamprey Lampetra tridentata          -  Species of Special concern
 Amphibians (1)      
 California red-legged frog  Rana draytonii  Threatened  Species of Special Concern
 Reptiles (1)      
 Western pond turtle  Actinemys marmorata          -  Species of Special Concern
 Plants (4)      
 Ben Lomond spineflower  Chorizanthe pungens var. hartwegiana  Endangered          -
 Robust spineflower  Chorizanthe robusta var. robusta  Endangered          -
 Santa Cruz taplant   Holocarpha macradenia  Threatened  Endangered
 San Francisco popcorn flower  Plagiobothrys diffusus          -  Endangered

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