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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Biological Assessment: San Mateo County Parks Dept.

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Biological Assessment: San Mateo County Parks Dept.

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The purpose of this Biological Assessment is to describe the proposed construction activities (Project) at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve located in Moss Beach, San Mateo County, California (Study Area) in sufficient detail to determine to what extent the proposed action may affect any of the threatened, endangered, candidate, or proposed candidate species listed in Appendix A. Based upon the impact analysis included herein, mitigation measures are recommended to minimize take of the listed species determined to be affected by the proposed Project. Of the many species with potential to occur in the general region, only two species have the potential to occur in the Study Area: California Red-legged Frog (Rana draytonii) and San Francisco Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia). This Biological Assessment is prepared in accordance with legal requirements set forth under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1536 (c)).
The purpose of this Biological Assessment is to describe the proposed construction activities (Project) at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve located in Moss Beach, San Mateo County, California (Study Area) in sufficient detail to determine to what extent the proposed action may affect any of the threatened, endangered, candidate, or proposed candidate species listed in Appendix A. Based upon the impact analysis included herein, mitigation measures are recommended to minimize take of the listed species determined to be affected by the proposed Project. Of the many species with potential to occur in the general region, only two species have the potential to occur in the Study Area: California Red-legged Frog (Rana draytonii) and San Francisco Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia). This Biological Assessment is prepared in accordance with legal requirements set forth under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1536 (c)).

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Section 7 Biological Assessment
 
Fitzgerald Marine ReserveSan Mateo County, California
Prepared For:
Sam HerzbergSan Mateo County Parks Department455 County Center, 4th FloorRedwood City, CA 94063650-363-1823
Prepared By:
Tim DeGraff, PWSdegraff@wra-ca.com
Date:
February
2010
 
1.0 INTRODUCTION.....................................................................................................................1
 
1.1
 
Critical Habitat............................................................................................................2
 
1.2
 
Consultation to Date...................................................................................................3
 
2.0 BACKGROUND.......................................................................................................................3
 
2.1
 
Project Location and Site Description.........................................................................3
 
2.2
 
Plant Communities.....................................................................................................3
 
2.2.1 Methods 
........................................................................................................3
 
2.2.2 Results 
...............................................................................................................4
 
2.3
 
Soils............................................................................................................................4
 
2.4
 
Hydrology...................................................................................................................5
 
3.0 DESCRIPTION OF ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED...............................................................5
 
3.1 Project Description.........................................................................................................5
 
3.2 Project Schedule............................................................................................................5
 
4.0 DESCRIPTION OF FEDERALLY-LISTED SPECIES AND CRITICAL HABITAT...................6
 
4.1
 
California Red-legged Frog........................................................................................6
 
4.1.1
 
Life History and Distribution 
............................................................................6
 
4.1.2 
 
Onsite Surveys 
...............................................................................................7
 
4.1.3 
 
Potential for Occurrence 
.................................................................................7
 
4.2
 
San Francisco Garter Snake......................................................................................8
 
4.2.1
 
Life History and Distribution 
............................................................................8
 
4.2.2 
 
Onsite Surveys 
...............................................................................................8
 
4.2.3 
 
Potential for Occurrence 
.................................................................................8
 
5.0 MANNER IN WHICH ACTION MAY AFFECT LISTED SPECIES...........................................9
 
5.1
 
Delineation of Action Area..........................................................................................9
 
5.2
 
Analysis of Direct Effects............................................................................................9
 
5.2.1
 
California Red Legged Frog 
............................................................................9
 
5.2.2 
 
San Francisco Garter Snake 
..........................................................................9
 
5.3
 
Analysis of Indirect Effects.......................................................................................10
 
5.3.1
 
California Red Legged Frog 
..........................................................................10
 
5.3.2 
 
San Francisco Garter Snake 
........................................................................10
 
5.4
 
Analysis of Interrelated Effects.................................................................................10
 
5.5
 
Analysis of Interdependent Effects...........................................................................10
 
5.6
 
Analysis of Cumulative Effects.................................................................................11
 
5.7
 
Mitigation Measures.................................................................................................11
 
6.0
 
DETERMINATION OF EFFECT...............................................................................14
 
7.0
 
REFERENCES.........................................................................................................15
 
APPENDIX A - Table of Potential Federal-Listed Species..........................................................16
 
APPENDIX B - Project Figures......................................................................................................1
 
APPENDIX C Photographs of Study Area..................................................................................2
 
APPENDIX D - Species Observed Within the Study Area............................................................3
 
 
 
1
1.0
 
INTRODUCTION
The purpose of this Biological Assessment is to describe the proposed construction activities(Project) at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve located in Moss Beach, San Mateo County, California(Study Area) in sufficient detail to determine to what extent the proposed action may affect any ofthe threatened, endangered, candidate, or proposed candidate species listed in Appendix A.Based upon the impact analysis included herein, mitigation measures are recommended tominimize take of the listed species determined to be affected by the proposed Project. Of themany species with potential to occur in the general region, only two species have the potential tooccur in the Study Area: California Red-legged Frog (
Rana draytonii 
) and San Francisco GarterSnake (
Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia 
). This Biological Assessment is prepared in accordancewith legal requirements set forth under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C.1536 (c)).
Table1: Federal-listed species considered in this documentCommon Name/Scientific Name/Federal Status Effect Determination
San Mateo thornmint (
Acanthomintha duttonii 
) E Nonefountain thistle (
Cirsium fontinale var. fontinale 
) E NoneSanta Cruz cypress (
Cupressus abramsiana 
) E NoneSan Mateo woolly sunflower (
Eriophyllum latilobum 
) E NoneMarin dwarf-flax (=western flax) (
Hesperolinon congestum 
) T NoneSan Francisco lessingia (
Lessingia germanorum 
) E Nonewhite-rayed pentachaeta (
Pentachaeta bellidiflora 
) E NoneHickman's potentilla (=cinquefoil) (
Potentilla hickmanii 
) E Nonebay checkerspot butterfly (
Euphydryas editha bayensis 
) T Noneblack abalone (
Haliotes cracherodii 
) C Nonewhite abalone (
Haliotes sorenseni 
) E Nonemission blue butterfly (
Icaricia icarioides missionensis 
) E NoneSan Bruno elfin butterfly (
Incisalia mossii bayensis 
) E NoneCallippe silverspot butterfly (
Speyeria callippe callippe 
) E NoneMyrtle's silverspot butterfly (
Speyeria zerene myrtleae 
) E NoneGreen Sturgeon (
Acipenser medirostris 
) T NoneTidewater Goby (
Eucyclogobius newberryi 
) E NoneCoho Salmon - Central CA Coast (
Oncorhynchus kisutch 
) E NoneCentral California Coastal Steelhead (
Oncorhynchus mykiss 
) T None

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