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(OR) Western Snowy Plover in Oregon Habitat Conservation Plan

Ed A. Stevens

NAXJA Member
NAXJA Member
Western Snowy Plover in Oregon

[Federal Register: March 20, 2003 (Volume 68, Number
Notice of Intent To Conduct Public Scoping and Prepare
an Environmental Impact Statement Regarding the
Development of a Habitat Conservation Plan for the
Pacific Coast Population of the Western Snowy
Plover in Oregon
SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy
Act (NEPA), we,
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are advising the
public that we
intend to gather information necessary to prepare an
Impact Statement (EIS) and conduct public scoping
regarding the
potential issuance of an incidental take permit under
the Endangered
Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended, for the
threatened Pacific coast
population of the western snowy plover (Charadrius
nivosus) within Oregon. We anticipate that the Oregon
Department of
Parks and Recreation (OPRD) will develop a habitat
conservation plan
(HCP) and apply for an incidental take permit for this
species covering
beach management activities. Incidental take permits
are authorized
under section 10(a) of the Act. We are providing this
notice to advise
other agencies and the public of our intent to prepare
an EIS and to
obtain suggestions and information on the scope of
issues to include in
the EIS. This EIS will provide a comprehensive
analysis of the direct,
indirect, and cumulative effects of beach management
alternatives. It
will also analyze proposed mitigation and minimization
measures for
anticipated incidental take from the implementation of
an HCP for the
western snowy plover resulting from the HCP..

DATES: Written comments for this initial scoping phase
will be accepted
until April 28, 2003.