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Statewide permit and authorization for grassland management may result in the incidental take of rare frog

Published by Central Office March 22, 2016

Contact(s): Rori Paloski, 608-264-6040 or rori.paloski@wi.gov

MADISON -- The Department of Natural Resources proposes to revise the Broad Incidental Take Permit and Authorization for Grassland and Savanna Management in Wisconsin. The permit and authorization will allow for the "incidental taking" of a rare frog that may occur as a result of grassland and savanna management activities in Wisconsin. Incidental take refers to the unintentional loss of individual endangered or threatened animals or plants that does not put the overall population of the species at risk.

The Broad Incidental Take Authorization for Grassland and Savanna Management was originally approved in 2000 and has since been revised several times. This revision will create a protocol for the state endangered Blanchard's cricket frog (Acris blanchardi).

The disturbance caused by grassland and savanna management may result in some mortality, however grassland and savanna species are dependent upon management to set back natural succession and take is minimized by following protocols designed for each species. The Department has concluded that the grassland and savanna management activities covered under this permit and authorization would minimize impacts to the Blanchard's cricket frog by adhering to conservation measures; is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence or appreciably reduce the likelihood of the survival and/or recovery of the state population of this species or the whole plant-animal community of which it is a part and the habitat that is critical to its existence; and has benefit to the public health, safety or welfare that justifies the action.

The conservation measures to minimize the adverse effect on the Blanchard's cricket frog will be incorporated into the proposed Incidental Take Permit/Authorization. Copies of the jeopardy assessment and background information on the Blanchard's cricket frog are available by searching the DNR website for incidental take public notice or upon request from Rori Paloski (608-264-6040 or rori.paloski@wi.gov). The department is requesting comments from the public through April 5, 2016. Public comments should be sent to Rori Paloski, WDNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921or rori.paloski@wi.gov.

Last Revised: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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