Rising Tree Wind Farm Amendment No. 3 (a Major Amendment to California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2014-023-04 (ITP), Amendment No. 1

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Summary

SCH Number
2011071049
Lead Agency
Kern County
Document Title
Rising Tree Wind Farm Amendment No. 3 (a Major Amendment to California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2014-023-04 (ITP), Amendment No. 1
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received
Posted
5/18/2016
Present Land Use
Vacant/A-1 (Limited Agriculture) and E(2) (Estate, 20 acres)/1.1 (State or Federal Land), 1.1/2.4 (State or Federal Land/Steep Slope Physical Constraint); 8.3 (Extensive Agriculture), 8.4 (Mineral and Petroleum); 8.4/2.4 (Mineral and Petroleum/Steep Slope Physical Constraint); 8.5 (Resource Management), 8.5/2.4 (Resources Management/Steep Slope Physical Constraint); 8.5/2.5 (Resource Management/Flood Hazard Physical Constraint)

Document Description
The proposed project involves the development of a wind energy production facility on an approx. 1,600-acre site. Project activities would occur on a smaller area within the 1,600 acre site and would include clearing, grubbing, and grading for roads, a laydown area, wind turbine pads, a substation, meteorological towers, and underground and overhead transmission and collection lines. The project is expected to result in impacts to 163 acres of desert tortoise (gopherus agassizii) and Mohave ground squirrel (Spermophilus mohavensis) habitat, and 7.64 acres of Bakersfield cactus (opuntia basilaris var. treleasei) habitat including temporary impacts to 91 acres; the Project will permanently remove 72 acres of desert tortoise and Mohave ground squirrel habitat, and 7.64 acres of Bakersfield cactus habitat. The project is also expected to result in incidental take of desert tortoise and Mohave ground squirrel, which are designated as threatened species, and Bakersfield cactus, which is designated as an endangered species, under the 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. CDFW is reissuing Amendment No. 3 to the ITP which increases the temporary impacts to desert tortoise and Mohave ground squirrel habitat by 25 additional acres, increases the permanent impacts to Bakersfield cactus habitat by 2.58 acres, increases the contribution to the Raven Management Plan, replaces figures to depict the as-built Project Area and Covered Species habitat impacts, and commensurately increases the cost estimates of acquisition, protection, and management of the Hm lands and performance security accordingly. The amendment also extends the timeline to complete compensatory mitigation obligations by 12 months.

Contact Information
Lisa Gymer
CDFW Central Region
1234 East Shaw Avenue
Fresno, CA 93710

Phone : 559-243-4014 ext 238

Location

Coordinates
35°02'28"N 118°15'30"W
Cities
Mojave
Counties
Kern
Cross Streets
Oak Creek Road and 70th Street West
Zip
93501
Total Acres
1600
Parcel #
various
State Highways
Hwy 58, 14
Railways
Union Pacific Line
Airports
Mojave Air and Spaceport
Schools
Several
Waterways
Los Angeles Aqueduct
Township
11N
Range
13W
Section
Multi
Base
SBB&M

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
CDFW
Approving Agency Role
Responsible Agency
Approved On
Final Environmental Document Available at
1234 East Shaw Ave., Fresno, CA 93710

Determinations

(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
No
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
(2b) A Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
N/A
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
N/A
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
No
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
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