California High-Speed Train Project: Fresno to Bakersfield Major Amendment No. 20 (California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2015-024-04

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
High Speed Rail Authority, California (California High Speed Rail Authority)
Document Title
California High-Speed Train Project: Fresno to Bakersfield Major Amendment No. 20 (California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2015-024-04
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Project Applicant
California High Speed Rail Authority

Document Description
The Project approved by CDFW consists of the ITP, Major 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, Major Amendment No. 14, Major Amendment No. 15, Major Amendment No. 16, Major Amendment No. 17, Major Amendment No. 18, Major Amendment No. 19, and this Major Amendment No. 20, as referenced above and as reissued by CDFW, which addresses construction and operation of the Fresno to Bakersfield 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). The ITP authorizes incidental take of the threatened California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense), San Joaquin antelope squirrel (Ammospermophilus nelsoni), Swainson’s hawk (Buteo swainsoni), and San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica) and the endangered Tipton kangaroo rat (Dipodomys nitratoides nitratoides), (collectively, the Covered Species), species designated as threatened and endangered under CESA. Major Amendment No. 20 makes six changes to the ITP, as previously amended. This Amendment 1) updates Condition of Approval 7.1 to include Work Area burrow mapping as part of the Notification and adds new review timelines; 2) makes a correction to the numbering due to two measures added by Amendment No. 1 and Amendment No. 6 which were both given Condition of Approval number 7.12; 3) updates multiple Conditions of Approval relating to trapping and burrow excavation for Tipton kangaroo rat (Dipodomys nitratoides nitratoides, TKR) and San Joaquin antelope squirrel (Ammospermophilus nelson, SJAS) to provide alternatives for minimization of take depending on the Work Area location and whether or not it is inside or outside Mapping Areas 1, 2, and 3 (Figures 1-3) identified in the new Exhibit 7; 4) changes the numbering of Condition of Approval 8.17.4 for Record of Covered Species Handled to accommodate the additional trapping measure; 5) makes a correction to the numbering of the two Conditions of Approval under “Take Minimization Measures” subsection titled “Specific Measures for SJKF,” due to the previous utilization of the number 8.15.6 in Amendment 2; and 6) incorporates Exhibit 7, TKR/SJAS Mapping Areas 1, 2, and 3 (Figures 1-3) into the ITP, as amended.

Contact Information
Laura Peterson-Diaz
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
1234 East Shaw Avenue
Fresno, CA 93710

Phone : (559) 243-8143


Other Location Info
The Project includes the California High Speed Train (HST) alignment beginning on the south side of the G Street and San Benito Street intersection, north of Highway 41, in the City of Fresno, Fresno County, California. From this intersection, the Fresno to Bakersfield HST alignment extends south either along or adjacent to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) for approximately 99 miles before reaching the section endpoint, at the intersection of 7th Standard Road, and Santa Fe Way, within the city limits of Shafter, in Kern County, California.

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
Department of Fish and Wildlife
Approving Agency Role
Responsible Agency
Approved On
Final Environmental Document Available at
The EIR prepared by the lead agency for the Project is available to the general public at the office location listed above for the lead agency. CDFW’s administrative record of proceedings related to the incidental take permit is available to the public for review at CDFW’s regional office.


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA


Notice of Determination
2009091126_NOD_2081-2015-024-04_reissueAmend20   PDF 396 K

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