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Statewide permit and authorization for regularly occurring activities may result in the incidental take of rare lizard and turtle

Published by Central Office May 14, 2019

Contact(s): Rori Paloski, conservation biologist, 608-264-6040

MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources proposes to create a Broad Incidental Take Permit/Authorization for vibratory plowing activities that may result in the "incidental taking" of a rare lizard and turtle. 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.

These activities occur frequently and have required the department to issue individual incidental take permits/authorizations with identical minimization and mitigation measures. The new broad incidental take permit/authorization for vibratory plowing is proposed to replace the individual incidental take permits/authorizations when vibratory plowing is occurring and the state endangered slender glass lizard (Ophisaurus attenuatus) or ornate box turtle (Terrapene ornata) may be present.

The disturbance caused by these regularly occurring activities may result in some mortality; however, take will be minimized by following protocols designed for each species. Department staff concluded that the common activities covered under this permit and authorization would minimize impacts to the species 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 these species or the whole plant-animal community of which they are a part and the habitat that is critical to their 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 endangered species will be incorporated into the proposed Incidental Take Permit/Authorization. Copies of the jeopardy assessment and background information on the slender glass lizard and ornate box turtle 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 June 13, 2019 regarding project-related impacts to the slender glass lizard and ornate box turtle. Public comments should be sent to Rori Paloski, Wisconsin DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921 or rori.paloski@wi.gov.

Last Revised: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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