Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Public Comment Sought on Draft Habitat Conservation Plan for Northern Spotted Owl and California Spotted Owl

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released for public comment and review a draft Habitat Conservation Plan for the northern spotted owl and California spotted owl and accompanying draft Environmental Impact Statement. The draft habitat conservation plan was submitted by Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) after requesting a 50-year incidental take permit. The plan would allow SPI to conduct forest management work while providing conservation measures for the northern spotted owl and California spotted owl.
The proposed activities will be located within a 1,566,151-acre plan area on SPI’s land holdings in several northern California counties, including Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Humboldt, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne and Yuba.

Today’s announcement opens a 60-day public review period of the draft plan and environmental analysis that ends July 1, 2019.  Copies of these documents are available for download via the Federal RegisterSacramento Public Library and Redding Library. Comments can be submitted via email, fax: 916–414–6713 or U.S. mail addressed to: Kim S. Turner, Deputy Assistant Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Suite 2605, Sacramento, CA 95825. Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—could be made publicly available at any time.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss issues regarding the draft environmental impact statement, and provide written comments at in-person public meetings and a webinar scheduled as indicated below. Direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, closed captioning or other accommodation needs to Kim Turner, TTY 800–877–8339, by close of business on July 1, 2019.

May 28, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (pacific) at Hilltop Holiday Inn, Buckskin Room, 1900 Hilltop Drive, Redding, CA 96002

May 29, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (pacific) at Bonderson Building, Hearing Room, 901 P St., Sacramento, CA 95814

Service-hosted webinarMay 29, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (pacific)

The Federal Register notice of availability and the associated documents, including species information, are available on the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office website.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information about our work and the people who make it happen, visit our website. Connect with us via FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Flickr.

Northern Spotted Owl
California Spotted Owl

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