The City of Santa Cruz has prepared a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP or Plan) and
has been issued an incidental take permit (Permit) from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service to incidentally take the federally endangered Ohlone tiger beetle (Cicindela
ohlone); the federally endangered Mount Hermon June beetle (Polyphylla barbata); the federally endangered tidewater goby (Eucyclogobius newberryi); the Pacific lamprey (Lampetra tridentata); the federally threatened California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii); and the western pond turtle (Actinemys marmorata) as a result of the operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of the City’s water supply and water system facilities; operation and maintenance of the City’s municipal facilities; and management of City lands.
Additionally, the HCP and associated Permit coverage includes four plant species: the
federally endangered Ben Lomond spineflower (Chorizanthe pungens var. hartwegiana); the federally endangered Robust spineflower (Chorizanthe robusta var.
robusta); the federally threatened Santa Cruz tarplant (Holocarpha macradenia); and
the State endangered San Francisco popcornflower (Plagiobothrys diffusus)) because
of the benefits provided to such species as a result of the Plan’s conservation strategy.