Protocol Implementation

For the valley elderberry longhorn beetle, the Project Proponent will be required to follow the Protection Measures presented in the May 2017 USFWS Framework for Assessing Impacts to the Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle, or the most updated version of this guideline document (USFWS 2017b). The Project Proponent must implement the valley elderberry longhorn beetle Framework on projects that may affect valley elderberry longhorn beetle. If elderberry shrubs occur on or within 50 meters (165 feet) of the project area, adverse effects to valley elderberry longhorn beetle may occur as a result of project implementation. If the project may affect valley elderberry longhorn beetle or its habitat, the applicable Species Protection Measures identified in the Framework will be followed as a requirement for ESA compliance. Because not all measures may be appropriate for every project, Project Proponents will identify the measures that are applicable to their specific project through technical assistance with the appropriate USFWS Field Office prior to submitting an ESA Section 7(a)(2) Review Form for coverage under the PBO.

Not to exceed the self-imposed take limit of no more than 50 shrubs lost annually.