Habitat Avoidance

Staging and temporary construction areas will be outside of suitable habitat and will use existing roads and developed areas to the maximum extent practicable. All mature riparian vegetation (e.g., willows and cottonwoods) greater than 30 feet in height will be avoided. If mature riparian vegetation cannot be avoided, it will be either transplanted elsewhere in or near the project area or placed horizontally or diagonally outside the project footprint, under the direction of a Qualified Biologist. Not to exceed the self-imposed take limit in Table 8, Covered Species – Birds.