Proposed development of travel plaza may result in the incidental take of rare lizard and...

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  1. By Central Office October 7, 2015

    Contact(s): Rori Paloski, 608-264-6040

    MADISON -- The construction of a truck stop in Columbia County may result in the "incidental taking" of a rare turtle and 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.

    Love's Travel Stop and Country Stores, Inc. proposes to develop a truck stop, restaurant, and gas station, and associated parking lot at the intersection of County Highway CS and Interstate 39/90/94 in the Town of Dekorra, Columbia County.

    The presence of the state endangered ornate box turtle (Terrapene ornata) and the state endangered slender glass lizard (Ophisaurus attenuatus) have been confirmed in the vicinity of the project site. DNR staff determined that the proposed project may result in the incidental taking of some ornate box turtles and slender glass lizards.

    Conservation measures will be implemented to avoid impacts to the species where possible, and a total of 8.3 acres out of 11.4 acres of suitable habitat will be restored or mitigated on site.

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

    The conservation measures to minimize or mitigate 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 ornate box turtle and slender glass lizard 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 Oct. 16, 2015. Public comments should be sent to Rori Paloski, DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921 or [email protected].

    Last Revised: Wednesday, October 07, 2015