This Project involves reducing fuel loads using vegetation management to decrease fire hazards that could result in loss of damage to property and life. The Project is expected to cause the permanent loss, by conversion to dispersal/foraging habitat, of approximately 226.6 acres of core scrub habitat, and the Project will degrade, by fragmentation, approximately 96 acres of core scrub habitat, for Alameda whipsnake (Masticophis lateralis euryxanthus). The Project will therefore result in a permanent loss of a total of approximately 322.6 acres of core scrub habitat by conversion to dispersal/foraging habitat or fragmentation. The impacts to Alameda whipsnake are not expected to increase under this Amendment. The Project could result in permanent impacts to pallid manzanita (Arctostaphylos pallida) through long-term thinning of shrub cover in some areas, although this is expected to have beneficial effect on the species. The Project could therefore result in permanent and temporary impacts to 1.3 acres of pallid manzanita plants present within treatment areas (an estimated 656 plants). The Project is expected to result in incidental take of Alameda whipsnake and pallid manzanita, which are designated as threatened and endangered species, respectively, under CESA. The ITP and Minor Amendment Number 1 referenced above as issued by CDFW authorizes incidental take of species listed under CESA that may occur as a result of Project implementation.