Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office
A Unit of the
Pacific Southwest Region
Ecological Services | California
June 16, 2020

Contact:
Ashley McConnell, ashley_mcconnell@fws.gov, 805-677-3301
Hazel Rodriguez, hazel_rodriguez@fws.gov, 805-677-3388

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public comment on a draft low-effect habitat conservation plan and categorical exclusion for the Singh Parcel Project in San Luis Obispo County, California

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public comment on a draft Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and Categorical Exclusion (CatEx) for the Singh Parcel Project in San Luis Obispo County, California for activities described in an application for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The ITP would authorize take of a listed species incidental to construction of a single-family residence. The applicant developed the draft HCP in support of their application for an ITP. The Service prepared a draft categorical exclusion in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act to evaluate the potential effects to the natural and human environment resulting from issuing an ITP to the applicant. We invite public comment on these documents.

The applicant has applied for a permit for incidental take of the Morro shoulderband snail. The take would occur in association with the construction of a single-family home and associated activities, such as vegetation removal, site grubbing, and grading for proposed development. The proposed development, including the home, infrastructure, future detached workshop and all associated disturbance areas, would be sited on approximately 0.56 acre (ac) of the 4.7 acre property.

To mitigate the effects of the taking of Morro shoulderband snail, the applicant proposes to set aside two acres of the 4.7 ac property under a conservation easement that would be dedicated, in perpetuity, to the County of San Luis Obispo. The HCP includes avoidance and minimization measures for the Morro shoulderband snail and mitigation for unavoidable loss of habitat. Pursuant to the categorical exclusion determination, the Service concludes that neither the permit nor the Federal action is anticipated to significantly affect the quality of the human environment, due to the small size of the proposed project located within an existing residential neighborhood.

A notice of availability published in the Federal Register today, opening a 30-day public comment period. The Service will consider comments from all interested parties received by July 16, 2020. Information on how to submit comments is available at federalregister.gov by searching under docket number FWS–R8–ES–2020–N080.

Working with others is essential to protecting ecosystems that benefit society as a whole. The Service regularly engages conservation partners, the public, landowners, government agencies and other stakeholders in our ongoing effort to identify innovative strategies for conserving and recovering protected fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats.


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