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July 30, 2013

MADISON - The project to stabilize a stream bank on the Eau Galle River in Dunn County may result in the "incidental taking" of a rare turtle under an authorization 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.

Geraets Farms LLC proposes to stabilize a portion of the stream bank Eau Galle River, which is a Class 2 trout stream. This will be accomplished by placing riprap rock along the toe and lower part of the bank. The remainder of the bank will be sloped, seeded and mulched. It is also a goal of the project to enhance stream habitat for fish by installing lunker structures and boulders along the bank.

The presence of the state threatened wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) 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 will minimize the impacts to the species by adhering to conservation measures; is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence and recovery of the state population of this 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.

The conservation measures to minimize the adverse effect on the threatened species will be incorporated into the proposed Incidental Take Authorization. Copies of the jeopardy assessment and background information on the wood turtle are available by searching the DNR website for incidental take public notice or upon request from Rori Paloski at 608-264-6040. Public comments will be taken through August 29, 2013 and should be sent to Rori Paloski, Conservation Biologist, WDNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921.

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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