FWS announces HCP (Scrub jays) and CCPs (Lower Keys) in Florida
73 Fed. Reg. 30139 (May 28, 2008) (DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; Fish and Wildlife Service; Lower Florida Keys Refuges, Monroe County, FL; Notice of availability; draft comprehensive conservation plan and environmental assessment; request for comments.)
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a draft comprehensive conservation plan and environmental assessment (Draft CCP/EA) for the Lower Florida Keys Refuges for public review and comment. This DRAFT CCP/ EA covers National Key Deer Refuge,
Key West National Wildlife Refuge, and Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge. In this Draft CCP/EA, we describe the alternative we propose to use to manage these refuges for the 15 years following approval of the Final CCP.
Photo of Great White Heron from USGS
73 Fed. Reg. 30139 (May 28, 2008)(DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; Fish and Wildlife Service; Receipt of an Application for an Incidental Take Permit for Residential Construction in Charlotte County, FL.)
SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of an incidental take permit (ITP) and Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). Ronald and Jacquelyn Perron (applicants) request an ITP pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The applicants anticipate taking about 0.25 acre of Florida scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) (scrub-jay) foraging and sheltering habitat incidental to lot preparation for the construction of a single-family residence and supporting infrastructure in Charlotte County, Florida (project). The applicants’ HCP describes the mitigation and minimization measures proposed to address the effects of the project on the scrub-jay.
COMMENTARY: In Florida, HCPs for scrub jay habitat impacts from single family home construction are fairly commonplace. See also, ESA Blawg (April 14, 2008)