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, and this Major Amendment No. 8, 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 pi/osa) (collectively, the Covered Species). CTS, SWHA, and SJKF are species designated as threatened and hairy Orcutt grass is designated as endangered under CESA.
Major Amendment No. 8 makes eight changes to the ITP, as previously amended. This Amendment No. 8 will (1) increase the covered extent of take of hairy Orcutt grass (HaOrGr) from 0.94 to 1.85 acres; (2) require an increase in the HM lands requirements commensurate with the increased impacts to HaOrGr; (3) allow the scope of botanical inventories to focus on HaOrGr; (4) eliminate the requirement for the Permittee to salvage and translocate all HaOrGr within 50 feet of the Construction Footprint; (5) replace the HaOrGr salvage and translocation requirement with a requirement for the Permittee to obtain CDFW's written approval of the HaOrGr Habitat Enhancement Plan prior to initiating vegetation or ground-disturbing activities; (6) allow the Permittee to provide Security in order to proceed with Covered Activities that would take HaOrGr; (7) update impact and mitigation values in Table 6 of the ITP to reflect the increases in this Amendment as well as changes to Table 6 that should have occurred with Amendment 7; and (8) allow Security for HaOrGr HM Lands requirements to be in the form of a binding contract with a mitigation provider, subject to CDFW's written acceptance of that contract as Security.