Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office
A Unit of the
Pacific Southwest Region
Ecological Services | California
April 17, 2019
Draft Habitat Conservation Plan and Categorical Exclusion Released for East Clark Ave Project in Santa Barbara County

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Robyn Gerstenslager,, 805-677-3380

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public comment on a draft Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and Categorical Exclusion for the East Clark Avenue Project in Santa Barbara County, California. The draft plan outlines strategies to avoid, minimize, and mitigate impacts to the federally endangered Santa Barbara County distinct population segment of the California tiger salamander resulting from activities necessary to develop lands and construction of structures and hardscape features.

Mr. Mario Martinez has submitted an HCP in support of the application for an incidental take permit 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 application for an incidental take permit, including the draft HCP and low-effect screening form.

A Notice of Availability will publish in the Federal Register on April 18, opening a 30-day comment period that will close on May 20. A copy of the draft HCP and draft low-effect screening form is available online at

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 email to

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