MADISON – The installation of a Monroe County cell phone tower may result in the “incidental taking” of a rare lizard under a permit the Department of Natural Resources proposes to issue for the project. Incidental take refers to the unintentional loss of individual endangered or threatened animals or plants that does not put the overall population of the species at risk.
CLOUD 1, LLC is proposing to lease an area that is currently vacant land, located near State Highway 71 in Monroe County. CLOUD 1 is proposing to develop the property with a 280-foot guyed tower and a 40-foot by 40-foot fenced tower compound. CLOUD 1 is constructing the tower site for a wireless carrier to install equipment at the site to further expand its wireless network into rural areas, provide 911 availability for cellular phones, and serve customers.
The presence of the state endangered slender glass lizard (Ophisaurus attenuatus) has been confirmed in the vicinity of the project site. DNR staff determined that the proposed project may result in the incidental taking of some lizards.
The department has concluded that the proposed project is not likely to appreciably reduce the likelihood of the survival or recovery of the species within the state, the whole plant-animal community of which it is a part or the habitat that is critical to its existence.
The conservation measures to minimize the adverse effect on the endangered species will be incorporated into the proposed Incidental Take Permit. Copies of the jeopardy assessment and background information on the slender glass lizard are available by searching the DNR website for incidental take public notice or upon request from Rori Paloski (608-264-6040 or [email protected]). The department is requesting comments from the public through July 12, 2018 regarding project-related impacts to the slender glass lizard. Public comments should be sent to Rori Paloski, Wisconsin DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921 or [email protected]