October 30, 2012
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Wisconsin's endangered species law (s. 29.604, Wis. Stats.) requires the Department of Natural Resources to notify the public when it proposes to authorize the incidental taking of a state endangered or threatened species.]
MADISON - A number of activities that have no or low impact on endangered or threatened plants and animals would be covered by a new broad incidental take permit and authorization the Department of Natural Resources is proposing to issue for the activities. 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.
Activities that would be covered under the permit and authorization include things like land acquisitions, wetland delineations, sign installations and transmission pole painting.
"We conduct and approve endangered resources reviews for a wide variety of projects each year, ranging from large development projects to small maintenance projects," said Erin Crain, director of the Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Endangered Resources. "However, we know from previous reviews that some of these projects will have no impact or a very low impact to endangered resources in Wisconsin, so we are proposing this broad incidental take permit and authorization to cover these situations."
DNR staff developed specific measures in an associated conservation plan that are intended to minimize any incidental take during these activities. Copies of the conservation plan, jeopardy assessment and background information on the associated species are available by searching the DNR website for "incidental take" or upon request from Rori Paloski at 608-264-6040.
DNR endangered resources staff concluded that: the take allowed for under this permit and authorization is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence and recovery of the state populations of any endangered or threatened species or the whole plant-animal community of which they are a part; and has benefit to the public health, safety or welfare that justifies the action. They also concluded that the take allowed for under this permit and authorization is not likely to appreciably reduce the likelihood of the survival or recovery of these species within the state, the whole plant-animal community of which they are a part or the habitat that is critical to their existence.
Public comments on the broad incidental take permit and authorization will be accepted through December 1, 2012 and should be sent to Rori Paloski, DNR Bureau of Endangered Resources, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921 or by email to email@example.com.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Rori Paloski, 608-264-6040