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1 Laws & Regulations pertaining to Endangered Species in Wisconsin

2 Endangered Resource Issues Managing for Conservation and Biodiversity Protected Species and Natural communities Protected Species and Natural communities Managing against... Habitat Loss Habitat Loss Habitat Fragmentation Habitat Fragmentation Environmental Pollution Environmental Pollution Red-shouldered hawk (THR)

3 Wisconsins Endangered Species Law State Statute State Statute Definitions Definitions Prohibitions Prohibitions Permits and Incidental Take Permits and Incidental Take DNR Administrative Code Chapter NR 27 DNR Administrative Code Chapter NR 27 Listed Species Listed Species Revisions Revisions

4 State of Wisconsin Endangered and Threatened Species Endangered & threatened plants are protected only on public lands, Exceptions for plants: –Agriculture –Forestry activity –Utility activity Endangered & Threatened animals are protected on all public and private lands

5 Special Concern Species Species for which there is a suspected Species for which there is a suspected problem with distribution problem with distribution or abundance or abundance Not legally listed, but protected Not legally listed, but protected to avoid future endangerment to avoid future endangerment Virginia meadow-beauty (SC)

6 State Special Concern Species Special Concern species may also be protected by other laws; –Federally protected/listed –Protected by Migratory Bird Treaty Act –Protected by other regulations; herp regs

7 Natural Communities Best examples of Wisconsins intact native communities Represent native biodiversity and support many listed species Not legally protected, but try to protect whenever possible Floodplain Forest

8 Other Elements Bat or Snake Hibernaculum Bird Rookery Migratory Bird Concentration Sites Protected if they contain listed species

9 Federally Endangered and Threatened Species All endangered, threatened, and proposed animals and critical habitats on all public and private lands All endangered, threatened, and proposed plants, but only on federal lands or projects with federal funding ©Jack Bartholmai

10 Exemptions from the Federal Endangered Species Law Non-essential experimental populations (e.g. whooping cranes) Candidate species –Species that appear to warrant consideration for addition to federal E/T list –May be state listed, otherwise similar to state special concern species ©Rori Paloski

11 Other State or Federal laws that protect endangered resources Migratory Bird Treaty Act Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act DNR Permit requirements/Public Rights protection Chapter 30 Wetland and Waterway permits, Stormwater and Air permits Any project the DNR funds or approves must consider impacts to Endangered Resources

12 ER Screening Process DNR reviews NHI database and other sources of info for project area Check adjacent wetlands and waterbodies Consider landscape and continuous habitat Determine potential for species occurrence

13 ER Decision-Making Process Determine whether there are any potential impacts to protected species Can impacts be Avoided? Can project be Modified? Can impacts be Mitigated?

14 Avoiding: Time of Year

15 Avoiding: Exclusionary devices

16 Avoiding: Buffers

17 Check for available Avoidance Guidance ER website information & Fact Sheets on species Turtle Avoidance/Minimization Guidance Grassland Savanna Protocol Karner Blue Butterfly Guidance Avoidance is the easiest!

18 If impacts are unavoidable If impacts are unavoidable Can the project be modified ? Can the project be modified ? Can impacts be minimized? Can impacts be minimized? If avoidance is not possible, if incidental take permit is allowable If avoidance is not possible, DNR determines if incidental take permit is allowable Will impacts jeopardize recovery of species in the state? Will impacts jeopardize recovery of species in the state? Cerulean warbler (THR)

19 How to get Endangered Resource information for your project area Submit an Endangered Resources Review Request form – pick up the ER flyer: Submit an Endangered Resources Review Request form – pick up the ER flyer: dnr.wi.gov/topic/endangeredresources/laws.html dnr.wi.gov/topic/endangeredresources/laws.html Go to the Endangered Resources website: Go to the Endangered Resources website: dnr.wi.gov/topic/ERReview/ dnr.wi.gov/topic/ERReview/

20 Remember, the earlier you request a review the better you can plan for endangered resources; Plan to avoid Plan for surveys (if needed) Get federal or state authorization or permits

21 Questions?


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