Public Review of Final South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. May 15, 2018 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of the final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the south Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan (SSHCP).  The SSHCP balances the need for new urban growth with the need to conserve natural landscapes, aquatic resources, and native wildlife and plant species in Sacramento County.  The final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report and the final SSHCP were developed by the county of Sacramento; city of Galt; city of Rancho Cordova; Sacramento County Water Agency; and the Southeast Connector Joint Powers Authority, and informed by public comments received on the draft versions of these documents.  Once permitted, the SSHCP will also provide an expedited and more streamlined process for future SSHCP covered activity projects within the plan area that require permits or authorizations under multiple federal, state, and local environmental regulations.

The SSHCP covers 28 native species—11 of which are federally or state listed as threatened or endangered.  The plan area is includes 317,656 acres within south Sacramento County, and includes the city of Galt and most of the city of Rancho Cordova.  The SSHCP establishes a 36,281 acre interconnected, regional-scale preserve system comprised of relatively large, contiguous blocks of natural land covers with high quality species habitat and aquatic resources.

This Notice of Availability opens a 30-day review period of the final Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Impact Report and final SSHCP that ends June 14, 2018.  Copies of these final documents are available for download at: http://www.southsachcp.com; in-person at the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Room W-2605, Sacramento, CA 95825; or via CD-ROM by sending a request to County Environmental Coordinator, County of Sacramento, Office of Planning and Environmental Review, 827 7th Street, Room 225, Sacramento, CA, 95814; by email at SSHCP@saccounty.net; or by phone at 916- 874–6141.

Conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats is a shared responsibility that benefits threatened and endangered species and the American people.  Federal and state agencies are actively working with local communities to engage conservation partners and the public to identify improved and innovative approaches to conservation and recovery.

The Federal Register notice of availability and the associated documents, including species information, are available at: www.fws.gov/sacramento.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information about our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov/Sacramento. Connect with us via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.

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