The Project includes the upgrade of the existing approximately 1.6-mile-long U.S. Windpower Tap between the Vasco-Herdlyn 60 kV power line and the Summit Winds renewable generation facilities. This work requires replacement of approximately 26 wood poles ranging in height from approximately 45 feet to 60 feet, with wood and light duty steel poles approximately 55 feet to 72 feet tall. Project activities include the use of rubber-wheeled auger trucks, crane, boom, bucket, water, dump, and line trucks and trailers, conductor puller-tensioners, vegetation removal equipment, generators, air compressors, and miscellaneous hand tools. Work areas will generally be located in previously disturbed roadsides; however, up to approximately 750 feet of overland travel will be required to some locations, for a total of approximately 2,000 feet.
The Project will result in temporary impacts to 4.38 acres and permanent impact to 0.003 acres of California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) and San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica) grassland habitat. The Project is expected to result in incidental take of California tiger salamander and San Joaquin kit fox, which are designated as threatened species under CESA. The ITP referenced above as issued by CDFW authorizes incidental take of species listed under CESA that may occur as a result of Project implementation.