Conversion of prairie may result in the incidental take of rare moth

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  1. By Central Office March 19, 2015

    Contact(s): Lisie Kitchel, 608-266-5248

    MADISON -- The conversion of federal Conservation Reserve Program prairie habitat to crop land may result in the "incidental taking" of a rare moth under a permit the Department of Natural Resources proposes to issue for the project. 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.

    Phyllis Haupt proposes to convert CRP land in the Town of Arlington, Columbia County, which is currently prairie habitat, to tillable farmland. The presence of the state endangered Silphium borer moth (Papaipema silphii) has been confirmed on the property. The land had previously been converted to CRP lands as part of conservation efforts, but now needs to be farmed for financial reasons. DNR staff determined that the proposed project may result in the incidental taking of some moths.

    Department staff concluded that the proposed project is not likely to appreciably reduce the likelihood of the survival or recovery of this species within the state, the whole plant-animal community of which it is a part or the habitat that is critical to its existence.

    The conservation measures to minimize the adverse effect on the endangered species will be incorporated into the proposed Incidental Take Permit. Copies of the jeopardy assessment and background information on the silphium borer moth are available by searching the DNR website for incidental take public notice or upon request from Lisie Kitchel at 608-266-5248 or Rori Paloski 608-254-6040. Public comments will be taken through April 18, 2015 and should be sent to Lisie Kitchel or Rori Paloski, Conservation Biologist, DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921.

    Last Revised: Thursday, March 19, 2015

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