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Incidental take notice for Columbia County

By Central Office September 8, 2017

Contact(s): Stacy Rowe, 608-266-7012

MADISON -- A project to bury fiber optic telephone cable near Poynette may result in the "incidental taking" of a rare turtle under a permit the Department of Natural Resources proposes to issue for the project. 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.

CenturyLink Telephone is proposing the placement of approximately 2,800 feet of buried fiber optic cable, within road right-of-way, along the north side of County Highway Q. (CenturyLink Telephone N.267315 Project) Approximately 1.12 acres will be temporarily disturbed as a result of construction.

The presence of the state endangered ornate box turtle (Terrapene ornata) has been confirmed in the vicinity of the project site. DNR staff determined that the proposed project may result in the incidental taking of some turtles.

Department staff concluded that the proposed project is not likely to appreciably reduce the likelihood of the survival or recovery of the species within the state, the whole plant-animal community of which it is a part or the habitat that is critical to its existence.

The conservation measures to minimize the adverse effect on the endangered species will be incorporated into the proposed Incidental Take Permit. Copies of the jeopardy assessment and background information on the ornate box turtle are available by searching the DNR website for incidental take public notice or upon request from Stacy Rowe (608-266-7012 or stacy.rowe@wi.gov). The department is requesting comments from the public through September 22, 2017. Public comments should be sent to Stacy Rowe, Wisconsin DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921 or stacy.rowe@wi.gov.

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Last Revised: Friday, September 08, 2017

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