The Project approved by CDFW consists of the ITP, Minor Amendment No. 1, Major Amendment No. 2, Major Amendment No. 3, Minor Amendment No. 4, Major Amendment No. 5, Major Amendment No. 6, Major Amendment No. 7, Major Amendment No. 8, Major Amendment No. 9, Major Amendment No. 10, Major Amendment No. 11, Major Amendment No. 12, Major Amendment No. 13 and this Major Amendment No. 14 as referenced above and as issued by CDFW, which addresses construction and operation of the Merced to Fresno segment of the HST, as approved by the lead agency, affecting or generally related to fish and wildlife resources subject to the regulatory authority of CDFW, including natural resources subject to the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense, CTS), Swainson's hawk (Buteo swainsoni, SWHA), San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica, SJKF), and hairy Orcutt grass (Orcuttia pilosa, HaOrGr) (collectively, the Covered Species). CTS, SWHA, and SJKF are species designated as threatened and HaOrGr is designated as endangered under CESA.
Major Amendment No. 14 makes ten changes to the ITP, as previously amended. Changes include: a correction to the southern end point reducing the total length from 27.01 miles to 26.92 miles and reduces the Project Construction Footprint by 2.19 acres to remove a remnant overlap with the California High-Speed Train Fresno Bakersfield Section ITP (No. 2081-2015-024-04). It also increases the size of the entire Project Construction Footprint by 15.28 acres for a net increase of 13.09 acres to a total of 2,257.33 acres of cumulative impact disturbance. The associated Covered Species impact acreages and associated mitigation requirements were increased accordingly. The increase in the Construction Footprint acres is necessary to accommodate utility relocation at 20 sites and access road work at two sites, one of which is also a utility relocation site for a total of 21 work sites in Madera County; updates Table 3 to include work on utilities as well as road modification; updates Table 4 to include County and separates the Latitude and Longitude into two columns; increases the Covered Species impacts to potential California tiger salamander, Swainson’s hawk and San Joaquin kit fox, habitat, and updates Table 5 accordingly; clarifies Condition of Approval 7.4; revises Condition of Approval 8.13.2; updates Table 6 and requires either the purchase of additional Covered Species credits or the permanent protection of additional HM lands and accompanying management costs to compensate for Covered Species impacts associated with the increase in the Construction Footprint as described in Condition of Approval 9; increases the Performance Security amount required; and revises the Baseline Map Book, Exhibit 5.