The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has approved a small amendment, CDFW tracking no. 2835-1995-79-5-A1 (Bridge Amendment), to the San Diego Gas & Electric Company’s (SDG&E) Natural Community Conservation Plan, CDFW tracking no. 2835-1995-79-5 (NCCP), and the associated NCCP permit. SDGE requested the Bridge Amendment because it needs take coverage for its 2022 wildfire risk reduction activities. The Bridge Amendment allows SDG&E to impact an additional 20 acres of habitat from wildfire risk reduction activities provided SDGE complies with all avoidance, minimization, and mitigation requirements of their existing NCCP permit in implementing those activities. This Bridge Amendment provides SDG&E interim take coverage for its wildfire risk reduction activities while
SDG&E and CDFW, in coordination with interested stakeholders, work on a broader
amendment (Major Amendment), and associated review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), that will provide a larger increase in the NCCP’s take coverage while also strengthening the NCCP’s avoidance, minimization, and conservation measures, leading to improved long-term conservation outcomes. The Bridge Amendment will benefit California residents and natural resources by permitting SDG&E to conduct activities to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire.