California: ICP for WRCMSHCP February 27, 2003:

Incidental Take Permit for Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan

(Note: A 75-year permit to developers who 'take' endangered species as part of their development schemes -- by the USFWS, which agency and it's 'parent,' the Dept. of Interior (DOI), are actively engaged in what passes for domestic terrorism and/or rural 'cleansing' on all resource providers -- farmers, fishermen, loggers, miners, and ranchers, plus recreationists. Does this bother you? It should! Don't worry if your comments/letters to the editor are a few days past the March 14th 'deadline' -- make your voices heard, please! This is 'NIMBY' coming, to your neighborhood!)

February 27, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 39)] [Notices] [Page 9093]

Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Draft Environmental Impact Report, and Receipt of an Application for an Incidental Take Permit for the Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; reopening of comment period.

SUMMARY: The Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the comment period on the draft Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan, draft Implementing Agreement, and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for an incidental take permit for 146 species in western Riverside County, California.

DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive written comments on or before March 14, 2003.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Mr. Jim Bartel, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2730 Loker Avenue West, Carlsbad, CA 92008. You also may submit comments by Fax: 760-431-9618.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Karen Evans, Assistant Field Supervisor, at the Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office (see ADDRESSES); 760-431-9440.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The County of Riverside (County), Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Riverside County Transportation Commission, Riverside County Parks and Open Space District, Riverside County Waste Department, California Department of Transportation, California Department of Parks and Recreation, and 14 western Riverside County cities (Applicants) have applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an incidental take permit pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The Applicants seek a permit to authorize incidental take of 146 species, including unlisted species that may become listed during the term of the permit. An incidental take permit is required to authorize take of listed species during urban and rural development in the approximately 5,095-square-kilometer (1.26-million-acre (1,967-square-mile)) Plan Area in western Riverside County. The proposed term of the permit is 75 years.