March 4, 2014
MADISON - Common activities associated with stream bank stabilization, stream crossings and pipeline inspection and maintenance would be covered under a broad incidental take permit and authorization the Department of Natural Resources is proposing to issue. 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
Currently the DNR issues individual incidental take permits/authorizations with identical minimization and mitigation measures to covers such activities. The agency is proposing to issue this permit and authorization to cover these regularly occurring activities for specific endangered and threatened species including: northern cricket frog (Acris crepitans), wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta), slender glass lizard (Ophisaurus attenuatus), and all endangered and threatened fish species.
The disturbance caused by these regularly occurring activities may result in some mortality; however, incidental take will be minimized by those undertaking such activities by following protocols designed for each species. DNR 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 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 April 4, 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