Protocol-Level Presence/Absence Survey

Where suitable habitat may exist, USFWS-Approved Biologists qualified to perform presence/absence surveys will conduct protocol-level surveys for the California Clapper rail prior to construction, following the June 2015 USFWS California Clapper Rail Survey Protocol (USFWS 2015c) or the most recent version of the protocol. In lieu of conducting USFWS protocol presence/absence surveys, the Project Proponent may choose to assume presence and implement the following avoidance measures, based on the presence of suitable habitat in the current range of the species.