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5 - South Coast Region

Newhall Ranch Resource Management and Development Plan and the Spineflower Conservation Plan EIS/EIR

Introduction

DFG prepared the Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS / EIR) as a lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is acting as a co-lead agency for the Draft and Final EIS / EIR under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Draft and Final EIS / EIR analyzes and describes the environmental impacts that may result with implementation of the Newhall Ranch Resource Management and Development Plan (RMDP) and the Spineflower Conservation Plan (SCP). The RMDP and SCP serve as the applications by the Newhall Land and Farming Company (Newhall Land) to the DFG for various permits and agreements required under the California Fish and Game Code for Newhall Land to develop the Newhall Land Specific Plan as previously approved by Los Angeles County, along with two properties currently owned by Newhall Land, commonly referred to as Entrada and the Valencia Commerce Center.

The RMDP proposed by Newhall Land is a conservation and mitigation plan for sensitive biological resources within the previously approved Newhall Ranch Specific Plan area. Newhall Land submitted the RMDP to the DFG to support the requested issuance of an incidental take permit (ITP) under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA) and a Master Streambed Agreement pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 1600 et seq. The proposed ITP, if found to comply with the permitting requirements in the Fish and Game Code would authorize the incidental take of three species currently listed under CESA: least Bell’s vireo, southwestern willow flycatcher, and western yellow-billed cuckoo. The Master Streambed Agreement, in turn, if approved by the DFG consistent with the Fish and Game Code, would authorize certain activities affecting riparian resources within the Specific Plan area subject to various measures designed to protect fish and wildlife resources.

The SCP proposed by Newhall Land is a conservation and management plan to permanently protect and manage a system of preserves designed to maximize long-term persistence of the San Fernando Valley spineflower (Chorizanthe parryi ssp. fernandina; spineflower), a state-listed endangered plant species. The SCP serves as Newhall Land’s application to the DFG for an ITP for development related activities within the Specific Plan area, and the Valencia Commerce Center and Entrada planning areas. If approved by the DFG consistent with the Fish and Game Code the proposed ITP would authorize incidental take of the species subject to various measures to ensure, among other things, that all impacts of the taking are minimized and fully mitigated as required by CESA.

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