Incidental take notice for Lafayette County

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  1. By Central Office August 30, 2016

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    MADISON -- Proposed repairs to the Lower Sinclair Pond may result in the "incidental taking" of a rare frog 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.

    The Sinclair Lower Pond is located on private property on a non-navigable waterway and includes an earthen embankment dam. The dam was originally constructed in the 1960s. In 2006 a sinkhole, which drained water from the pond, was first observed. Repairs were made however the water level has recently begun dropping again, likely due to the sinkhole re-opening. This project involves locating, exposing and filling the sinkhole by performing a shallow (2-4 foot) excavation with an anticipated dimension of 40 feet by 150 feet (0.14 acres).

    The presence of the state endangered Blanchard's cricket frog (Acris blanchardi) has been confirmed in the vicinity of the project site. DNR staff determined that the proposed project may result in the incidental taking of some frogs.

    DNR staff concluded that the proposed project is not likely to appreciably reduce the likelihood of the survival or recovery of the 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 Blanchard's cricket frog are available by searching the DNR website for incidental take public notice or upon request from Rori Paloski (608-264-6040 or [email protected]). The department is requesting comments from the public through September 13, 2016. Public comments should be sent to Rori Paloski, WDNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921or [email protected].

    Last Revised: Tuesday, August 30, 2016