February 11, 2014
MADISON - As a result of a recent revision of the Wisconsin endangered and threatened species list, the Department of Natural Resources is proposing to add four species to the Broad Incidental Take Permit and Authorization for grassland and savanna management in Wisconsin.
The permit and authorization will allow for the "incidental taking" of endangered and threatened species recently that may occur as a result of grassland and savanna management activities in Wisconsin. 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.
The Broad Incidental Take Authorization for Grassland and Savanna Management was originally approved in 2000 and has since been revised several times. This revision will create protocols for four species recently added to Wisconsin's endangered and threatened species list: Robertson's planthopper (Fitchiella robertsoni), slender shovel-headed leafhopper (Attenuipyga vanduzeei), Kirtland's warbler (Setophago kirtlandii) and ottoe skipper (Hesperia ottoe).
The disturbance caused by grassland and savanna management may result in some mortality; however, grassland and savanna species are dependent upon management to set back natural succession and the incidental take of species will be minimized by following protocols designed for each species.
DNR staff has concluded that the grassland and savanna management 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 and threatened species will be incorporated into the proposed Incidental Take Permit/Authorization. Copies of the jeopardy assessment and background information on the species 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 March 13, 2014 and should be sent to Rori Paloski, Conservation Biologist, WDNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Rori Paloski at 608-264-6040