Contact(s): Melissa Tumbleson, conservation biologist, 608-267-0862
June 4, 2019
MADISON -- A cordwalk addition project to protect an area of a state park may result in the "incidental taking" of seven rare plant species 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.
In order to protect this sensitive area and the rare coastal community found at Kohler-Andrae State Park dunes, the Department of Natural Resources plans to create four east-west trail spurs, including cordwalk and rope fencing, that will connect visitors directly from the existing cordwalk to the Lake Michigan shoreline. The cordwalk addition will both improve access and prevent negative environmental impacts from high-traffic, off-trail activity.
The presence of the state threatened clustered broomrape(Orobanche fasciculate), dune goldenrod (Solidago simplex var. gillmanii), pitcher's thistle(Cirsium pitcher), sand reedgrass (Calamovilfa longifolia var. magna) and thickspike (Elymus lanceolatus ssp. psammophilus) and the state endangered common moonwort (Botrychium lunaria) and prairie dunewort (Botrychium campestre), have been confirmed in the vicinity of the project site. DNR staff determined that the proposed project may result in the incidental taking of some plants.
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 they are a part or the habitat that is critical to their existence.
The conservation measures to minimize the adverse effect on these threatened and endangered species will be incorporated into the proposed Incidental Take Authorization. Copies of the jeopardy assessment and background information on the above mentioned plant species are available by searching the DNR website for incidental take public notice or upon request from Melissa Tumbleson (608-267-0862 or firstname.lastname@example.org). The department is requesting comments from the public through June 18, 2019 regarding project-related impacts to these plants. Public comments should be sent to Melissa Tumbleson, Wisconsin DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921 or email@example.com.