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REVISIONS PROPOSED TO BROAD INCIDENTAL TAKE PERMIT FOR ACTIVITIES WITH NO OR LOW IMPACT TO ENDANGERED RESOURCES

March 31, 2015

MADISON - A number of activities that have no or low impact on endangered or threatened plants and animals will be added a broad incidental take permit and authorization, under a Department of Natural Resources proposal currently open for public comment.

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 Permit and Authorization for No and Low Impact Activities was originally approved in 2013 and revised in 2014. This revision will new no and low impact activities as well as to update existing activities including removal of duplicate activities and clarification of activity descriptions. New activities include things like minor fence installations and vegetation management.

Department staff concluded that the take allowed for under this permit and authorization is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence and recovery of the state population of the species or the whole plant-animal community of which they are a part; and has benefit to the public health, safety or welfare that justifies the action. They also concluded that the take allowed for under this permit and authorization 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 the endangered and threatened species will be incorporated into the proposed Incidental Take Permit and Authorization. Copies of the jeopardy assessment and background information on the species are available by searching the DNR website at dnr.wi.gov for incidental take public notice or upon request from Rori Paloski at 608-264-6040 or Melissa Tumbleson at 608-267-0862. Public comments will be taken through April 30, 2015, and should be sent to Rori Paloski, DNR Conservation Biologist, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Rori Paloski at 608-264-6040 or Melissa Tumbleson at 608-267-0862

Last Revised: Tuesday, March 31, 2015




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