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Incidental take notice for Sheboygan County

By Central Office December 20, 2017

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

MADISON -- The rebuilding of an electric transmission line in Sheboygan County may result in the "incidental taking" of a rare snake 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.

American Transmission Company is proposing to rebuild the Cedar Ridge Wind to Mullet River (X-97) Transmission Line. ATC is proposing to complete geotechnical borings to evaluate the placement of new transmission line structures; two of these boring and their access routes may inadvertently affect the Eastern ribbonsnake (Thamnophis sauritus).

The presence of the state endangered Eastern ribbonsnakes 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 snakes.

The department has 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 Eastern ribbonsnake 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 January 18th. Public comments should be sent to Stacy Rowe, Wisconsin DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921or stacy.rowe@wi.gov.

Last Revised: Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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