The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public comment on a Renewal of Incidental Take Permits; Interim Programmatic Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) from the County of Santa Cruz and City of Scotts Valley, California. The plan outlines strategies to avoid, minimize, and mitigate impacts to the federally endangered Mount Hermon June beetle and Ben Lomond spineflower, from activities associated with the construction of certain eligible small development projects in densely developed residential neighborhoods.
The County of Santa Cruz and City of Scotts Valley, California, have submitted applications for a renewal of a two incidental take permits pursuant to section 10 of the Endangered Species Act, for impacts to federally-listed species that may occur incidental to otherwise lawful activities. The Service invites comments from the public on the applications for renewal of the incidental take permits.
A Notice of Availability will publish in the Federal Register on April 24, opening a 30-day comment period that will close on May 24. A copy of the draft HCP is available online at http://www.fws.gov/ventura/.
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 fax to (805) 644-3958.
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