Proposed land management project may result in the incidental take of rare turtle -

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  1. By Central Office March 30, 2016

    Contact(s): Rori Paloski, 608-264-6040 or [email protected]

    MADISON -- A proposed project to use prescribed burning and rotational grazing to manage a grassy parcel of public land may result in the "incidental taking" of a rare turtle under an authorization 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 Department of Natural Resources is proposing the Bell Center Grazing and Burning Project, a cooperative effort involving the Wallace Center Pasture Project (exit DNR), and a private grazer on the Kickapoo River Wildlife Area in central Crawford County, south of Gays Mills. The project goal is to use rotational grazing as a means to manage a 25-acre grassy parcel of public land in an economically and environmentally responsible way. The 25 acre parcel is located within a larger 52 acre prescribed burn unit that has a currently approved burn plan.

    The presence of the state threatened wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) 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 turtles.

    DNR staff have concluded that the proposed project will minimize the impacts to the wood turtle by adhering to conservation measures; is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence and recovery of the state population of the species or the whole plant-animal community of which it is a part; and has benefit to the public health, safety or welfare that justifies the action.

    The conservation measures to minimize the adverse effect on the threatened species will be incorporated into the proposed Incidental Take Authorization. Copies of the jeopardy assessment and background information on the wood turtle 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 April 13, 2016. Public comments should be sent to Rori Paloski, WDNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921or [email protected].

    Last Revised: Wednesday, March 30, 2016