The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public comment on draft Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) for a Categorical Exclusion for the La Laguna Los Alamos Project, and the Phillips 66 Idle Pipeline Abandonment Project, both in Santa Barbara County, California. The draft plans outline strategies to avoid, minimize, and mitigate impacts to the federally threatened California tiger salamander (Santa Barbara County distinct population segment) from activities necessary for the installation and operation of a vineyard, and the removal and abandonment of an idled pipeline.
La Laguna Los Alamos, LLC and Phillips 66 Company have applied for permits for incidental take of the California tiger salamander 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 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 March 25, opening a 30-day comment period that will close on April 24. Copies of the draft HCPs and Low Effect Screening Forms are available online at http://www.fws.gov/ventura and at the below links:
Draft Habitat Conservation Plan La Laguna Los Alamos
Draft Habitat Conservation Plan Phillips 66 Idle Pipeline Abandonment
Low Effect Screening Form La Laguna Los Alamos
Low Effect Screening Form Phillips 66 Idle Pipeline Abandonment
Comments may be submitted by mail to Stephen P. Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, 2493 Portola Rd, Suite, Ventura, CA 93003, by fax to (805) 644-3958 or by electronic mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.