Draft Planning Agreement Available for Public Comment

Media Contacts:
Jeb Bjerke, Environmental Scientist, (916) 358-2956
Dana Michaels, DFG Communications, (916) 322-2420

a flock of bank swallows in top branches of a green tree
Bank swallows in area of concern. DFG photo by Jeb Bjerke.

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has made a proposed planning agreement available to the public for review and comment. This agreement highlights and solidifies the cooperative partnerships that DFG has developed with Yuba and Sutter counties, the cities of Yuba City, Live Oak and Wheatland, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a natural community conservation plan (NCCP) covering parts of Yuba and Sutter counties.

Pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2810(d), the draft planning agreement will be available for public review and comment until Dec. 13, 2011.

The primary objective the NCCP is to conserve natural communities at the ecosystem level while accommodating compatible land use and economic activities. NCCP planning takes a broad-based ecosystem approach to planning for the protection and perpetuation of biological diversity, and seeks to anticipate and prevent controversies and streamline endangered species permitting by focusing on the long-term stability of wildlife and plant communities and by including key interests in the process. As a part of the NCCP implementation process, habitat reserves will be established for giant garter snake, Swainson’s hawk and other covered species.

The NCCP will also be prepared as a habitat conservation plan (HCP) under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The proposed planning agreement is available on the DFG website at http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=39871. The public may review and comment on the proposed planning agreement before DFG approves it. Comments must be received by Dec. 13, 2011, and may be e-mailed to at jbjerke@dfg.ca.gov.

Comments may also be mailed or hand delivered to:
Jeb Bjerke, Environmental Scientist
Department of Fish and Game
1701 Nimbus Road
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670