The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will release a draft habitat conservation plan (HCP) for public comment on May 8, 2017 for construction and renovation of buildings and infrastructure at the existing Scotts Valley Middle School in Santa Cruz County, California. The draft HCP outlines strategies to avoid, minimize, and mitigate impacts to the federally endangered Mount Hermon June beetle.
The Scotts Valley Middle School has submitted a low-effect HCP in support of their application for an incidental take permit under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, for the project’s impacts to the Mount Hermon June beetle that may occur as the result of direct impacts on up to 1.479 acres of degraded sandhills habitat.
The Service invites comments from the public on the application for an incidental take permit, including the draft HCP and a low-effect screening form.
A notice of availability published will publish in the Federal Register on May 8, 2017, opening a 30-day comment period that will close on June 7, 2017.
Comments may be submitted by mail or hand delivery to Stephen P. Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, 2493 Portola Rd, Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003 or by fax to (805) 644-3958.
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