Incidental take notice for Marquette County

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  1. By Central Office August 11, 2016

    Contact(s): Stacy Rowe, 608-266-7012

    MADISON -- The construction of the WE Energies Montello Service Center may result in the "incidental taking" of a rare lizard 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.

    We Energies is proposing a new service center on the property. The service center will consist of an approximate 8,000 square foot building which will serve as an office and staging area for We Energies gas service personnel (Figure 1). In addition to the building, there is a small parking lot for employees and a large fenced in yard. The yard will be paved and will be used for storage of equipment and material for gas main and service installation, maintenance and repairs.

    The presence of the state endangered slender glass lizard (Ophisaurus attenuatus)] 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 lizards

    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 slender glass lizard are available by searching the DNR website for incidental take public notice or upon request from Stacy Rowe (608-266-7012 or [email protected]). The department is requesting comments from the public through August 25, 2016. Public comments should be sent to Stacy Rowe, Wisconsin DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921or [email protected]

    Last Revised: Thursday, August 11, 2016