CA: Habitat Conservation Plan Proposed for the Shiloh IV Wind Plant Project

Plan Is Designed to Help Offset Impacts on California Tiger
Salamanders

Sacramento, Calif. — The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
(Service) is seeking public comments for a proposed Habitat
Conservation Plan (HCP) that will protect 39 acres of habitat for
the federally listed California tiger salamander as part of the
construction and operation of the Shiloh IV Wind Plant. The purpose
of the HCP is to offset the project’s possible impacts to the
threatened central distinct population segment of the species.

The applicant, enXco, proposes to develop its wind energy
facility within an approximately 3,100 acre project area in the
Collinsville-Montezuma Hills Wind Resources Area, south of State
Route 12 in Solano County, California (Plan Area). The project
would deliver renewable energy to the Pacific Gas & Electric
(PG&E)/California Independent System Operator (CAISO) power
grid. Up to 50 wind turbines are proposed to be built in the Plan
Area.

The project is expected to result in permanent loss of 25 acres
of California tiger salamander dispersal habitat and the temporary
loss of 130 acres of dispersal habitat (115 acres during
construction and up to 15 acres for maintenance activities) that
would be restored within 1 year of impact. The proposed Shiloh IV
Wind Plant Project HCP would protect approximately 39 acres of
California tiger salamander habitat at a conservation bank approved
by the Service and California Department of Fish and Game.

The Notice of Availability (NOA) of the proposed HCP for the
Shiloh IV Wind Plant Project provides an opportunity for the public
to comment. The Federal Register notice is available at:
http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fedreg/frcont11.html; reference
number: FWS-R8-ES-2011-N265.

The draft HCP and draft Environmental Assessment (EA) are available
at:
http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/Outreach/2012/01-10/outreach_newsroom_2012-1-10.htm

Comments concerning the draft EA and draft HCP can be submitted
through March 10, 2012 to:

Mike Thomas, Chief, Conservation Planning Division,

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office

2800 Cottage Way, Room W-2605

Sacramento, CA 95825

Email: mike_thomas@fws.gov, Fax: 916-414-6713.

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conservation law has prevented the extinction of hundreds of
imperiled species across the nation and promoted the recovery of
many others.

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