MADISON – Pre-construction activities related to the X-97 transmission line project in Sheboygan County may result in the “incidental taking” of a rare snake 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.
American Transmission Company is proposing to complete geotechnical borings to evaluate the placement of new transmission line structures associated with the rebuild of the Cedar Ridge Wind to Mullet River (X-97) Transmission Line.
The presence of the state endangered eastern ribbonsnake (Thamnophis saurita) 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 snakes.
Department staff 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 eastern ribbonsnake are available by searching the DNR website for incidental take public notice or upon request from Stacy Rowe (608-266-7012) or [email protected]). The department is requesting comments from the public through April 20, 2018 regarding project-related impacts to the eastern ribbonsnake. Public comments should be sent to Stacy Rowe, WDNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921 or [email protected]