DNR - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

03/25/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/25/2019 12:29

Incidental take notice for Columbia County

By Central Office March 25, 2019

Contact(s): Stacy Rowe, conservation biologists, 608-266-7012

MADISON -- The proposed expansion of Research Products in Poynette 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.

Research Products plans to deconstruct their existing approximately 35,000 square foot facility in Poynette to construct a new 100,000 square foot distribution center to support all North American distribution.

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.

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 slender glass lizard are available by searching the DNR website for incidental take public notice or upon request from Stacy Rowe (608-266-7012 or [email protected]) or Rori Paloski (608-264-6040 or [email protected]). The department is requesting comments from the public through April 24, 2019 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].

Last Revised: Monday, March 25, 2019