Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office
A Unit of the
Pacific Southwest Region
Ecological Services | California
June 05, 2018
Draft Habitat Conservation Plans Released for Pacific Gas and Electric Company Pipeline Vegetation Management Project in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties

Media Contact Information:

Robyn Gerstenslager,, 805-677-3380

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public comment on draft Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) for Pacific Gas and Electric Company Pipeline Vegetation Management in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, California. The draft plans outline strategies to avoid, minimize, and mitigate impacts to the federally endangered Mount Hermon June beetle, Santa Cruz long-toed salamander, and the federally threatened California red-legged frog from activities necessary for the removal of vegetation along two natural gas pipelines.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company has submitted two HCPs in support of these applications for 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 incidental take permits, including the draft HCPs and low-effect screening forms.

A Notice of Availability will publish in the Federal Register on June 6, opening a 30-day comment period that will close on July 6. A copy of the draft HCPs and draft low-effect screening forms are available online at and at the below links:

Draft Habitat Conservation Plan North Coast
Draft Habitat Conservation Plan Sandhills
Low Effect Screening Form North Coast
Low Effect Screening Form Sandhills

Federal Register Notice of Availability

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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