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If you wish to comment on the ITP application and HCP, you may submit comments by any one of the following methods. Please reference permit number TE165374-0 in such comments.
1. Mail or hand-deliver comments to our South Florida Ecological Services Office address (see
2. E-mail comments to
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Commercial construction for the West County Library HCP will take place at latitude 26.942 and longitude 82.271 in Englewood, Charlotte County, Florida. This lot is within scrub-jay occupied habitat.
The lot encompasses about 12.06 acres, and the footprint of the library, infrastructure, and landscaping preclude retention of scrub-jay habitat. In order to minimize take on site, the applicant proposes to mitigate for the loss of 0.46 acre of scrub-jay habitat by restoring and protecting in perpetuity 1.16 acres of occupied scrub-jay habitat adjacent to existing conservation lands.
We have determined that the applicant's proposal, including the proposed mitigation and minimization measures, will have a minor or negligible effect on the species covered in the HCP. Therefore, the ITP is a “low-effect” project and qualifies as a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (40 CFR 1506.6), as provided by the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 2 Appendix 1 and 516 DM 6 Appendix 1). Low-effect HCPs are those involving (1) minor or negligible effects on federally listed or candidate species and their habitats and (2) minor or negligible effects on other environmental values or resources. Based on our review of public comments that we receive in response to this notice, we may revise this preliminary determination.
We will evaluate the HCP and comments submitted thereon to determine whether the application meets the requirements of section 10(a) of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). If we determine that the application meets the requirements, we will issue the ITP for incidental take of the Florida scrub-jay. We will also evaluate whether issuance of the section 10(a)(1)(B) ITP complies with section 7 of the Act by conducting an intra-Service section 7 consultation. We will use the results of this consultation, in combination with the above findings, in the final analysis to determine whether or not to issue the ITP.
We provide this notice pursuant to section 10 of the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531