The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public comment on a draft Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for Gavilan College San Benito Campus and Fairview Corners Residential Development in San Benito County. The draft plan outlines strategies to avoid, minimize, and mitigate impacts to the federally threatened California tiger salamander and federally endangered San Joaquin kit fox from activities necessary for the development of a college campus and residential subdivision.
Mary Beth Long of Fairview Corners LLC and Frederick Harris of the Gavilan Joint Community College District have submitted a draft HCP and EA in support of their combined application for a 25-year incidental take permit (ITP) pursuant to section 10 under 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 application for a 25-year incidental take permit, including the draft HCP and EA.
A Notice of Availability will publish in the Federal Register on June 19, opening a 30-day comment period that will close on July 19. A copy of the draft HCP and EA 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, Ventura, CA 93003 or by fax to (805) 644-3958.
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