Though the 30-day comment period has closed, comments received after November 1 will still be accepted by USFWS and NMFS. The Federal Services will consider comments received through the public scoping process in the development of the draft EIS in 2011.
||Email to Wdfwwlareahcp@fws.gov
||In writing at the public
||U.S. mail or hand delivery to:
David Molenaar, National Marine
Fisheries Service, 510 Desmond Drive,
SE, Suite 103, Lacey, WA 98503; or Mr.
Mark Ostwald, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, Washington Fish and Wildlife
Office, 510 Desmond Drive, SE, Suite
102, Lacey, WA 98503
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are informing interested parties of the proposed Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) to gather public input that will facilitate the development of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) set a 30-day public scoping period for a proposed Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) covering the 32 wildlife areas managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The scoping is part of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) required under the National Environmental Policy Act.
WDFW’s proposed HCP includes a federal incidental "take" permit to allow standard land management and operations activities, agriculture, and recreation on its wildlife areas. Those approximately 900,000 acres of WDFW-owned or managed lands host fish, wildlife, invertebrate and plant species that are ESA-protected. If granted, the permit would authorize the incidental take of 32 listed species, plus 20 unlisted species should they become listed under the ESA during the term of the HCP.
In other words, things like road and fence maintenance, habitat restoration, and horseback riding on a state wildlife area could continue even if a protected species was unintentionally harmed, provided that conservation measures in the plan are implemented to minimize and mitigate any harm.
Detailed information on the project is available at http://www.fws.gov/wafwo/ .
Additional information is available on the WDFW SEPA website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/sepa/sepa_comment_docs.html