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STATEWIDE PERMIT AND AUTHORIZATION FOR REGULARLY OCCURRING FOREST MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES MAY RESULT IN THE INCIDENTAL TAKE OF RARE TURTLE

February 24, 2015

Wood Turtle Photo by A.B. SheldonWood Turtle Photo by A.B. Sheldon

MADISON -- The Department of Natural Resources proposes to update the Broad Incidental Take Permit and Authorization for Common Activities to include forest management. The permit and authorization will allow for the "incidental taking" of a rare turtle that may occur as a result of regularly occurring forest management activities. 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 Department recognizes that minimization and mitigation measures are often identical for multiple projects and therefore is proposing to issue this broad permit and authorization to cover several regularly occurring forest management activities with the potential to impact the state threatened wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta).

The disturbance caused by these regularly occurring activities may result in some mortality, however take will be minimized by following protocols designed for the wood turtle. The Department has concluded that the forestry management activities covered under this permit and authorization would minimize impacts to the wood turtle 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 the wood turtle or the whole plant-animal community of which it is a part and the habitat that is critical to its 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 threatened species will be incorporated into the proposed Incidental Take Permit/Authorization. Copies of the jeopardy assessment and background information on the wood turtle are available by searching the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for incidental take public notice or upon request from Rori Paloski at 608-264-6040. Public comments will be taken through March 26, 2015 and should be sent to Rori Paloski, Conservation Biologist, Wisconsin DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921.

Last Revised: Tuesday, February 24, 2015




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