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January 14, 2014

MADISON - A bridge replacement on a Grant County road may result in the "incidental taking" of a rare frog 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.

Grant County proposes to replace the Airport Road bridge over the MacPherson Branch of the Platte River in the Town of Ellenboro. In addition to widening the bridge, the roadway will be slightly realigned in its approach to the bridge. The roadway will be closed to traffic during construction of this project.

The presence of the state endangered northern cricket frog (Acris crepitans) 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 frogs

DNR staff concluded that the proposed project is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence or recovery of this species within the state, the whole plant-animal community of which it is 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 endangered species will be incorporated into the proposed Incidental Take Authorization. Copies of the jeopardy assessment and background information on the northern cricket frog 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 Feb. 11, 2014 and should be sent to Rori Paloski, Conservation Biologist, DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Rori Paloski, 608-264-6040

Last Revised: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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